Ballet Arizona’s The Nutcracker

For over one hundred years, The Nutcracker has been an annual holiday tradition throughout the world. The story is based on two tales: The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, by German author E.T.A. Hoffman and The Nutcracker of Nuremberg, by Alexander Dumas Pere.


In its 30th season, Ballet Arizona presents an impressive $1.8 million production of The Nutcracker, created specifically for the Company. From December 11-27 this year, Ballet Arizona and The Phoenix Symphony bring this tale to life, using all of the Company’s dancers who perform several roles, making up different casts that alternate from show to show.

You will be delighted by the children in the show, and the giant mice who run, dance and taunt. You will love the twirling Peppermint Marzipan, sultry Arabian Coffee, playful Russian Trepak, corky Chinese Tea and boisterous Mother Ginger. You won’t soon forget the enchanting performances of the Waltzing Snowflakes, Flowers, Dew Drop and Sugar Plum Fairies. From the Manor to the Mouse King, to the Snow Queen and King, you will experience true wonder as Clara’s magical dream unfolds.

The creation of Ballet Arizona’s The Nutcracker involved more than 300 creative minds across two continents. The 260 costumes were created in 17 shops across America, out of more than 6,500 yards of fabric. More than 100,000 Austrian Swarovski crystals make the spectacular snow scene sparkle.

To experience this live production at Symphony Hall is a must. The orchestra, the glittering snow, the gentle tap of the pointe shoes and delicate and exact movements of the dancers is a sensory experience not to be missed.

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