James Kudelka’s ravishing and gloriously re-imagined version of the evergreen Christmas spectacular was created for The National Ballet of Canada in 1995 and it remains an unparalleled holiday entertainment for both children and adults. Replete with Kudelka’s signature dynamic and exuberant choreography and gliding with wonderful ease from whimsical and often boisterous comedy to breathtaking spectacle and touching emotion, the ballet is a feast for both the senses and the imagination.
In Kudelka’s adaptation, E.T.A. Hoffmann’s original tale is re-situated in rural 19th-century Russia, a world in which nature and the rituals of farm life are harmoniously and organically entwined. The story centres on a brother and sister, Misha and Marie, and their Christmas Eve dream journey which carries them from their family home through a world of wonders to the glittering winter realm of the Snow Queen and finally to the splendour of the palace of the Sugar Plum Fairy.
Santo Loquasto’s beautifully evocative sets and costumes combine perfectly with the enchantment of Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous score to complete a genuinely magical Christmas experience for ballet lovers of all ages.
Who is it for?
Tickets : Prices start at $45 and vary per performance.
How to get tickets?
Phone: 416 345 9595/toll free 1 866 345 9595
In person at Four Seasons Centre Box Office
WHEN & WHERE
Date & Time: Tuesdays to Sundays, December 12, 2019—January 4, 2020
No show on Mondays, December 25 & 26.
New year’s Eve: Tuesday, Dec 31, 2019 1:00PM
Run Time: 2 hours with one 20-minute intermission
Venue : The Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen Street West, Toronto
The parking entrance is on York Street, south of Queen Street. Cost is $22
Public transport accessible
From Spadina Station, take the 510 streetcar to Exhibition. From Union Station, take the 509 streetcar to Exhibition or 510 streetcar to Spadina Station.