Holiday time in New York City is always magical but one extra special experience that you can have to start the season off right is a trip to the ballet.
The Nutcracker, which debuted for the first time in Russia at the turn of the twentieth century, has been reproduced and reinterpreted time and time again by distinct ballet companies. In addition to the famous New York City Ballet, there a few other options that you can experience that will keep you cultured without breaking the bank. Check out these three renditions below:
Of course, the timeless hallmark of the holiday season is the experience at the David H. Koch Theater with the New York City Ballet. A hush falls over the bustle of New York City as the lights dim at Lincoln Center and a picturesque world of magic and merriment is revealed onstage. If you only see one show this year, it should be during the holidays so snag your tickets here to the most cherished ballet classic.
The Nutcracker Rouge is an alternative take on the classic ballet. Think a mix of burlesque, theater, cirque, and dance all performed by a gender-bending troupe in a sensual and edgy performance. It might not be the family-friendliest of ballets, but for a date night plan or night out with friends, this vaudeville version of the ballet couldn’t be better! Get your tickets here.
The Hard Nut
This alternative take on the Nutcracker performed by BAM and Mark Morris Dance Group is happening now at the Peter Jay Sharp Building in Brooklyn. Their retro-modern interpretation of the classic tale transports the characters from the original story to the 1970s! Staying true to the original score, the music is performed by a 53 piece musical ensemble. You can find more information on the BAM website.