In George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™, Tchaikovsky’s beloved melodies transport the young and young at heart to a magical world where mischievous mice besiege a battalion of toy soldiers, and an onstage blizzard leads to an enchanted Land of Sweets. New York City Ballet‘s famously extravagant staging features Balanchine’s stunning choreography amidst awe-inspiring set pieces, ornate costumes and grand one-of-a-kind visual effects, like the one-tonne Christmas tree that grows to an astonishing 12 meters.
Filmed on 14 December 2011 at the David H.Koch Theater, New York
for the Lincoln Center At The Movies: Great American Dance Series.
Running Time: 90 minutes
Photo credit: New York City Ballet performing George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ © The George Balanchine Trust (Photo by © Paul Kolnik).