October 22, 2021 update on live performances and events at the NAC.

NUTCRACKER DELIVERS LONG-AWAITED HOLIDAY MAGIC!

Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet presents a Canadian-themed version of the timeless story of Nutcracker

November 23, 2021 – OTTAWA (Canada) – NAC Dance is thrilled to bring back to audiences of all ages the timeless story of the Nutcracker, to open NAC’s Holiday Season! From December 3-5, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB) returns to the National Arts Centre’s Southam Hall to perform its family-favourite, distinctly Canadian, version of the Nutcracker.

Dance lovers young and old will be immersed into a fantastical world where extravagant, shimmering costumes and larger-than-life sets animate this festive winter classic! Join Clara in her fairy-tale reverie — along with her Prince, the Mouse King, Sugar Plum Fairy, majestic Mounties and Filbert the Bear — for this delightful frolic through a winter wonderland that will fill your heart with joy and Holiday magic.

Nutcracker is set to Tchaikovsky’s iconic score, performed live by the National Arts Centre Orchestra.
Tickets start at $50 and can be purchased online through the Ticketmaster link on the NAC’s website (www.nac-cna.ca).

PERFORMANCES

Friday, December 3 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 4 at 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 4 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 5 at 1:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 5 at 7:00 p.m.

DURATION

2 hours 4 minutes, with one intermission

MEDIA SNEAK-PEEK

Media are invited to attend a sneak-peek of Nutcracker on Friday, December 3 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. They will have an opportunity to speak with RWB Artistic Director André Lewis and capture footage of the Nutcracker dress rehearsal. Spaces are limited. Interested media must register by emailing livia.belcea@nac-cna.ca.

ABOUT CANADA’S ROYAL WINNIPEG BALLET

Founded in 1939, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet holds the double distinction of being Canada’s premier ballet company and one of the oldest ballet companies in North America. Under the artistic direction of André Lewis, versatility, technical excellence, and a captivating style are the trademarks of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, qualities that have garnered both critical and audience acclaim. RWB’s superlative standards keep the Company in demand across North America. In addition to the Company, the RWB is home to the RWB School, consisting of both a professional division which trains young artists for a professional career in dance, and a recreational division which provides classes to over 1,500 students each week.

ABOUT NUTCRACKER

This Nutcracker is a shimmering, distinctly Canadian holiday treasure that honours the traditional story while adding a playful, prairie touch. Follow young Clara and her Prince as they are ambushed by the mischievous Mouse King, walk through a winter wonderland filled with shimmering snowflakes, and arrive in the court of the dazzling Sugar Plum Fairy. RWB’a festive winter classic remains a testament to imagination with Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, timeless choreography, eye-catching costumes, and of course, the dessert-stealing bear!

CHOREOGRAPHY: Galina Yordanova and Nina Menon & RWB Artistic Staff
MUSIC: Pyotr Ilitch Tchaikovsky
COSTUME DESIGN: Paul Daigle
SCENIC DESIGN: Brian Perchaluk
LIGHTING DESIGN: Michael J. Whitfield

ABOUT CANADA’S NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE

The National Arts Centre raised its curtains for the first time in 1969. A bilingual, multi-disciplinary home for Canada’s most creative artists, the NAC strives to be artistically adventurous in each of its programming streams — the NAC Orchestra, Dance, English Theatre, French Theatre, Indigenous Theatre and NAC Presents. The Centre’s national role is reflected in its motto: “Canada is our Stage.” The NAC collaborates with artists and arts organizations across the country, acts as a catalyst for performance; invests in ambitious new works by artists and arts organizations nation-wide; and nurtures the next generation of audiences and artists from across Canada. Situated on the unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinabe nation, the NAC is accessible and welcoming to all, and offers a variety of free programming and events.
 

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FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

Livia Belcea
Communications Strategist
NAC Dance
819-329-4269

Livia.Belcea@nac-cna.ca

 

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