Ballet ‘Nutcracker’ boasts modern twist

Instead of the Royal City Youth Ballet production, the Centre is presenting Ballet Victoria’s version of The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker ballet has been presented annually in Duncan for many years, always drawing a big crowd, but this year the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre has a special treat in store for fans of the Christmas classic.

Instead of the Royal City Youth Ballet production, the Centre is presenting Ballet Victoria’s version of The Nutcracker on Saturday, Dec. 12 in two performances: a matinée at 2 p.m. and a show at 7 p.m.

Ballet Victoria will whisk you away to a fantasyland where nothing exists except you, the music and the wonder-filled story.

“One of the company’s signatures is a flare for the dramatic, and this is a good fit, showing that the company can hold its own against any other,” said the Times Colonist.

Elaborate characters take centre stage in this troupe’s version that tells the story of a family Christmas Eve party where a gift from an uncle unleashes a whirlwind of unexpected vignettes and surprises.

Tchaikovsky’s score sets the perfect backdrop for all of your traditional favourites: the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Waltz of the Snowflakes, and Dewdrop and her Cavalier. Blending 21st century styles into traditional classics, Ballet Victoria brings a host of vibrant new characters, to join the fun and mesmerize audience members of all ages.

The Nutcracker delivers everything you expect from a Ballet Victoria performance: beautifully executed dance, gorgeous costumes, dazzling choreography and a bit of humour.

“We’ve changed things up and had a bit of fun bringing the well-loved tale of The Nutcracker into this century — fun new additions and humorous surprises that will excite the whole family,” explains Paul Destrooper, artistic director of Ballet Victoria.

Don’t miss this traditional classic with a modern twist this holiday season.

Tickets are $26 for adults, $18 for children and $76 for a family (two adults and two children).

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