New York City Ballet brings holiday magic with ‘Nutcracker’

Joy to the twirl! If the coronavirus has wreaked havoc in your holidays, concern not — this is a beloved Christmastime custom you possibly can take pleasure in from the consolation of your sofa.

A New York City Ballet soloist has teamed up with Sotheby’s to provide a stunning brief movie model of the beloved ballet “The Nutcracker.” Featuring unique choreography carried out by two NYCB dancers, the festive efficiency airs Friday on the public sale home’s Web web site and social-media channels. It kicks off the Christmas season, in addition to Sotheby’s Festival of Wonder luxurious collection, by making use of among the sale’s most beautiful jewels and watches.

Peter Walker, who choreographed and directed the piece, instructed The Post that he was blissful to offer some “inventive aid from this loopy time” to viewers who’ve been pummeled by the pandemic.

“The New York City Ballet’s ‘The Nutcracker’ is synonymous with the holiday season in New York, and it is a holiday custom for a lot of many New Yorkers,” stated Walker, 28.

Indeed, in a extra typical December, the esteemed dance corps could be performing George Balanchine’s traditional imaginative and prescient of the story — by which a younger woman accompanies her nutcracker prince to a magical land stuffed with delicacies — every day for rapt audiences. This 12 months, NYCB has canceled all dwell performances, though “Nutcracker” nuts can stream a recording from the 2019 season beginning Friday, Dec. 11, for $25.

India Bradley dances within the digital “Nutcracker” efficiency.
Erin Baiano

Walker, who has been dancing for the reason that age of 9, stated his model is completely different in additional methods than one.

For one factor, it was all performed over Zoom. Walker stated he labored with the 2 performers — NYCB soloist Sebastian Villarini-Velez and Corps de Ballet member India Bradley — remotely, for security causes. “We did not rehearse in particular person for this in any respect till the day of [filming],” Walker stated.

It’s additionally going to sound just a little completely different. The dance is ready to to Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s iconic “Waltz of the Flowers,” which is generally within the second act of the ballet. But right here, it has been remixed right into a novel, urban-techno soundtrack.

India Bradley of the New York City Ballet
Erin Baiano

Finally, they’ve traded the gilded Lincoln Center stage for a diamond-studded Sotheby’s gallery. “Just taking the vitality of that remixed music and the familiarity of ‘The Nutcracker’ and mixing these issues with the attractive area that’s the galleries at Sotheby’s actually makes the entire manufacturing visually gorgeous,” Walker stated.

Although Walker is wanting ahead to a time when dancers can delight audiences in particular person once more, he additionally stated he hopes digital performances grow to be a everlasting a part of ballet’s new regular.

“I hope that sooner or later we discover some type of a center floor,” he stated. “This digital part … makes ballet extra seen and extra accessible to a youthful and bigger viewers.”

NYCB’s ‘The Nutcracker,’ kicking off Sotheby’s Festival of Wonder luxurious sale, airs 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, on in addition to on Sotheby’s YouTube, Facebook and Instagram accounts.



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