I don’t envy the production team of any performance of The Nutcracker. This beloved ballet, with classic story-line, fabulous fantasy scenes and incredible music by Tchaikovsky must be one of the greatest challenges for directors and choreographers to make their own.
However, not a troupe to turn down a challenge, the Eglevsky Ballet has pulled together a surprisingly original version of this classic holiday season ballet treat. The dance company has explained that this year’s version of The Nutcracker is part of their “yearlong transformation.” The choreography is fresh and new, the first full-length ballet offering of Laszlo Berdo. Berdo was a past principal dancer with the Boston Ballet, but now he can be found giving over his years of experience to students as a faculty member of the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet.
In addition to the original choreography you will find new guest artists. Lia Cirio performs in the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy while James Whiteside dances as the Cavalier. Both of these dancers are principals at the Boston Ballet, and they lead the 27 professional dancers in the cast. In addition 45 student dancers will also perform after having undergone a crash course in their training in order to deliver the kind of performance which The Nutcracker deserves.
Go see this remarkable rendition of The Nutcracker at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts in Brookville, Long Island on December 18 and 19th and enjoy a fresh take on an old favorite.