The Oregon Ballet Theatre is bringing The Nutcracker, a full length performance of the classic Christmas story, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King to the Keller Auditorium!
The Oregon Ballet Theatre’s mission statement is to be “committed to sharing our passion for the expressive power of ballet, inspiring an enduring appreciation of dance, and connecting in meaningful ways to our community through excellence in performance, training and educational programs.” It was founded in 1989 by a former principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet (James Canfield) and it's now the largest professional ballet company in Oregon. Over the years, its repertoire has grown to encompass over 80 ballets (including works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, William Forsythe, and Lar Lubovitch), evening length classics, 20th century masterpieces, and groundbreaking contemporary works. The Nutcracker is based on Alexandre Dumas Père’s adaptation of the aforementioned story by E.T.A. Hoffmann (which describes a young girl’s Christmas Eve and her first experience with the wider world and romantic love). It's a fairy tale ballet set to music by Tchaikovsky and it was originally choreographed by Marius Petipa. The performance was first commissioned in 1891 by the director of Moscow’s Imperial Theatres, Ivan Vsevolozhsky. It premiered a week before Christmas in 1892 but it wasn’t until 1934 that it was performed outside Russia.
Don’t miss your chance to see a full length performance of the classic Christmas story, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King!