‘The Nutcracker’ live performances return to North Texas stages – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
In the dance companies of North Texas, it’s starting to look a lot like a normal Christmas.
Last year, dance companies chose to cancel annual productions of “The Nutcracker” or offer performances in an alternate format. With the widespread availability of vaccines and safety protocols in place, the vacation classic is back on stage in North Texas.
The Texas Ballet Theater presents “The Nutcracker” in Dallas and Fort Worth at two venues with evolving pandemic protocols. Starting Friday, the ballet company will perform “The Nutcracker” at the Winspear Opera House in the Dallas Arts District. The Winspear Opera House requires all guests to wear masks and present proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.
Performances at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth begin December 10. Customers aged 18 and over must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test or proof of vaccination and photo ID. Guests under 18 without ID must be accompanied by an adult with appropriate ID. Customers under 12 do not provide a negative COVID-19 test result. All customers are required to wear a mask.
The ballet company has links to the Bass Performance Hall and AT&T Performing Arts Center websites for customers to learn about security protocols.
“The Nutcracker” is part of the Avant Chamber Ballet’s return to indoor performances.
“We are very grateful to return to theaters with such a full season planned,” said ACB Artistic Director Katie Puder. “After a difficult year, I can’t wait to have the magic that is created between the dancers, the musicians and the audience.”
This is the second time that the Avant Chamber Ballet presents Paul Mejia’s production of “The Nutcracker”. It sold when it premiered in 2019.
With a live orchestra conducted by Brad Cawyer, this is the only complete production of “The Nutcracker” in the Dallas Arts District with live music. Professional dancers from Avant Chamber Ballet and a large cast of children will perform the holiday classic at Moody Performance Hall from December 9-12.
The Dallas Black Dance Academy presents its fourth “The Nutcracker Espresso”. The entire 2020 Dallas Black Dance Theater season was virtual. This year’s “Nutcracker Espresso” live performance will be complemented by live and on-demand viewing options.
DBD Academy Director Katricia Eaglin choreographed this year’s production with the help of ballet instructors from the Pre-Professional Division Grades 1-4 student academy. Academy students will play all key roles in “The Nutcracker Espresso” with professional dancers from the Dallas Black Dance Theater performing the adult characters of Mother, Father and Drosselmeyer.
“I was inspired to create and produce ‘The Nutcracker Espresso’ for the Dallas Black Dance Academy so that our academy students can be involved in the Nutcracker tradition,” said Katricia Eaglin. “We are delighted that our students are returning to theater and sharing their evolution while practicing virtually during the 2020-2021 season. ”
Eaglin uses traditional Tchaikovsky music with pieces from Duke Ellington’s “Nutcracker Suite”, selecting pieces by Ellington that were still recognizable to the original work. She added narration to the performance to unravel the mystery and magic of the storyline. Eaglin also added an African dance to the Land of Sweets which includes Spanish, Arabic, Chinese and Russian dances in the original.
“Espresso Nutcracker” will be presented on December 11 at the Majestic Theater in Dallas.
The Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts and Corporate Presentations in Richardson is the central station of “The Nutcracker”, hosting several productions of this holiday favorite.
With masks highly recommended for guests, this year’s party tour started in mid-November and continues through December. The Chamberlain Ballet production will take place November 26-28. The Royale Ballet Dance Academy will take place from December 4 to 5. The Dallas Repertoire Ballet production will take place December 10-12. Tuzer Ballet’s “Nutcracker” will take place from December 18th to 19th. The Collin County Ballet Theater concludes the holiday series with performances on December 21 and 22.
The North Central Ballet presents “The Nutcracker” for the 27th year and turns a pandemic adjustment into a fun tradition. In 2020, the ballet company decided to present “The Nutcracker” outdoors. His popularity deserved a repeat.
“The North Central Ballet was thrilled last year with the response to ‘The Nutcracker’ performing outdoors, which was a creative way to continue our holiday tradition despite the pandemic,” Les Jordan said. , artistic director of the ballet. “Now we are continuing this new tradition, where families can enjoy a vacation activity together in a park, where it is safer. “
The production combines Tchaikovsky’s famous score with digital technology to create scenic backdrops.
“Even though our full production isn’t in a theater, audiences will be treated with the traditional elements they love,” Jordan said. “Families can start their holiday season with their precious ‘Nutcracker’ at social distance.”
The North Center Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” will be performing at Meadowmere Park in Grapevine from December 3-6.