Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet

© Daniel Crump
© Daniel Crump
© Daniel Crump
Family programming Dance Ballet with Orchestra Canadian Holidays
  • In-person event

  • Ages 6 +

  • Approx. 2 hours  and  04 minutes  with intermission
Performance options Start time Language Availability
Wednesday, November 29, 2023 12:30 pm Without words Seats available

A single gift from Clara’s godfather kicks off an amazing adventure. When the enchanted nutcracker mysteriously comes to life during the night, the stage is set for a tale filled with charm, nostalgia and magic. From a battle with the fiendish Mouse King to the opulent kingdom of the Sugar Plum Fairy, the costumes, choreography and characters in this production are sure to enchant your eyes and your heart.  

The many cultural references in this beloved Canadian-themed production are sure to bring a smile to viewers’ faces. A hockey game on a frozen pond, RCMP officers battling the evil Mouse King on Parliament Hill, a few nods to the Hudson's Bay Company—all the elements are in place for this fabulous holiday tradition. When the clock strikes midnight, Clara will fall in love with her dashing Nutcracker and find herself on a storybook journey into the heart of a fairy tale. Choreographed by RWB alumni Galina Yordanova and Nina Menon and set to Tchaikovsky's iconic score, this production features dazzling costumes designed by Paul Daigle and a masterpiece set designed by Brian Perchaluk.  

Featuring the National Arts Centre Orchestra.  


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    Featuring Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet
  • Featuring NAC Orchestra
  • nina-menon
    Choreographer Nina Menon
  • Choreographer Galina Yordanova
  • andre-lewis-2017-credit-ian-mccausland
    Artistic Director André Lewis, C.M., O.M., M.S.M.
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    Executive Director Elena Tupyseva
  • Costume Designer Paul Daigle
  • Principal Conductor Julian Pellicano
  • perchaluk-brian
    Scenic Designer Brian Perchaluk
  • michael-whitfield
    Lighting Designer Michael J. Whitfield
  • MUSIC Pyotr IlyichTchaikovsky

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Learning and engagement at Canada’s National Arts Centre is made possible through the support of many generous individuals and organizations from across the country. Arts Alive is generously supported by the Azrieli Foundation, the Government of Nunavut, Canadian North, Calm Air, The River Philip Foundation, The Turnbull Family Community Building Foundation, and The Thomas Sill Foundation. Thank you also to Grant and Alice Burton, Canada Life, A Donor-Advised Fund at the Community Foundation of Ottawa, Friends of the NAC Orchestra, Donors to the NAC Foundation's Future Fund, The Janice and Earle O’Born Fund for Artistic Excellence, and the donors and sponsors of the NAC’s National Youth and Education Trust, the primary resource for youth and education funding at the National Arts Centre.