AMERICAN CONTEMPORARY BALLET DOUBLES NUTCRACKER PERFORMANCES
L.A.’s ACB offers twice the opportunities for a singular holiday experience
November 1, 2018
When American Contemporary Ballet debuted its first-ever production of The Nutcracker Suite last year, it quickly became the most buzzed-about staging in the city. ACB’s breathtaking version of the holiday favorite transported the Land of Sweets to a secret winter dream world high above the city, filled with enchanting ballet, soaring live music, snowstorms, and a wealth of odd and humorous sensory delights. Almost as soon as audiences discovered it, tickets were wait-listed. In response, the company is doubling its performance schedule this December.
ACB’s one-hour, immersive production begs the question, why just see The Nutcracker if one can live it instead, suspending belief while suspended 350 feet in the air? ACB Artistic Director Lincoln Jones won’t unwrap any details in advance, but his intent is clear. “I wanted to create a first-person experience of the story that people could inhabit, rather than watching it play out. The audience essentially becomes the young girl in the story; but in the original tale there are layers of mystery and meaning for both children and adults, and that’s part of our production as well.” “The Nutcracker is such a ‘happy’ ballet, yet we heard from so many people last year who were surprised to find themselves in tears,” adds ACB Executive Director Theresa Farrell. “I think that speaks to how moments of pure joy can still catch us unaware – especially at this time of year.”
To be sure, Jones’ lively choreography is inspired by some of the most beautiful music in the world, and nowhere else will audiences get closer to dancing Snowflakes, waltzing Flowers, cavorting Candy Canes, Mother (and daughter) Ginger, and of course, the Sugar Plum Fairy, all while enjoying between-dance surprises too delicious to reveal before December 1.
Ticket holders can be certain that the party that begins in the first act continues after the second, as the Fairy her cohorts join guests to celebrate the season with music, champagne and sweet dreams to come.
The Nutcracker Suite: December 1 -24
Tickets $50-$98; visit acbdances.com
Saturday, December 1 at 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, December 2 at 2:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m.; Friday, December 7 at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, December 8 at 2:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m.; Sunday, December 9 at 2:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m.; Friday, December 14 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, December 15 at 2:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m.; Sunday, December 16 at 2:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m.; Thursday, December 20 at 8:00 p.m.; Friday, December 21 at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, December 22 at 2:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m.; Sunday, December 23 at 2:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m.; Monday, December 24 at 1:00 p.m.
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