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It begins when you walk through the doors of the storied Radio City Music Hall. Perhaps you pause for a moment and stand to admire the art deco lobby before making your way to your seat. After a hush, the curtain slowly rises, the music swells, and Rockettes appear. In perfect unison they dance across the stage, mesmerizing in their precision. And just like that, you're transported to another place, where reindeer prance and dash through the snow, where rag dolls spring to life and wooden soldiers march in a fantastic parade. For a time, the hustle and bustle of the world outside disappear and you are reminded of the true meaning and spirit of the holiday season.
Created especially for families with children ages 5-10, The Colonial Nutcracker sets Tchaikovsky's classic ballet in wintry colonial Yorktown during the Revolutionary War. The production features classics such as "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" and "Waltz of the Snowflakes," a red-coated mouse army, an enchanted nutcracker prince, and compelling narration that will enhance young viewers' understanding and enjoyment of this timeless story. Rose Menes' delightful staging and choreography, coupled with colorful costumes and Tchaikovsky's enduring score, will captivate audiences of all ages.
LUMBERYARD in the City Winter Festival will conclude with a world premiere work from choreographer, dancer, and visual artist Dana Reitz, who is known for her subtle and nuanced performances that accentuate the musicality of the body through silence, and pair the movement of light with that of the human form in evocative collaborations with light artists like James Turrell, Jennifer Tipton, and Beverly Emmons.
At a moment in history when almost anything can be summoned on demand through the shiny bright rectangle in your pocket, many human experiences are lost. This troubling new development is the reason you must pay a visit to Dr. Mira. Experience crucial moments of reckoning with the future while a dancer posing as a doctor provides maximum cathartic release for you and one hundred of your newest best friends, aka your fellow audience members. No humans will be harmed in the making of this art.
LIGHT, Part 44 (Bamboo Forest) and Solo from LIGHT, Part 8
The 2018 Winter Festival opens with legendary Japanese performer Kei Takei, who returns to the United States with her company Moving Earth Orient Sphere for the first time in 17 years, presenting two works supported by the Consulate General of Japan in New York and the Japan-United States Friendship Commission that showcase the choreographer's sustained synthesis of American and Japanese modern dance styles. First is the U.S. premiere of LIGHT, Part 44 (Bamboo Forest) (2015) — a choreographic meditation on sacrifice that depicts the archetypal cycle of life and death through the image of the blossoming of bamboo flowers (which occurs as infrequently as once a century). As the bloom is immediately followed by the death of that generation of bamboo, Takei's performance draws parallels to the human theme of endless sacrifice of tribe, community, and individual to ensure the continuity of future generations.
The McKittrick Hotel, home of the immersive theater spectacle Sleep No More, hosts a dance party spectacular on New Year's Eve. At this annual event, the evocative secrets of the McKittrick and its many residents are uncovered. Inspired by the mysterious world of the legendary hotel and Sleep No More, this performance-filled party features one-of-a-kind nightlife experiences and invites guests to explore the venue's many rooms. The King's Winter Masquerade features opulent masked revelry, a decadent dinner feast, dancing, specially created one-night-only performances, a full open bar, and McKittrick-inspired surprises.
Note: Guests should come attired in costume fit for a king — meaning shades of gold, silver, and black.
The prestigious Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company presents an all-new celebration of Chinese culture commemorating the Year of the Monkey, a year characterized by cleverness, curiosity, and playful mischief. The festive, family-friendly event will showcase thrilling choreography inspired by shadow puppetry, Peking Opera performers in dazzling costumes, live music performed by the Chinese Music Ensemble of New York, and a traditional Chinese marketplace.
The wit, wisdom, and whimsy of a lively baker's dozen of Mother Goose characters leap from the page to the stage to stir the imagination of the young and the young-at-heart. Your children will be able to meet all of their favorite Mother Goose characters including the three blind mice, Little Bo Peep, Jack and Jill, and the three-legged goose herself.
Company XIV, which fuses dance, theater, circus, opera, burlesque, and decadent design to create one-of-a-kind theatrical experiences, has announced the return of their critically acclaimed, hit holiday show, Nutcracker Rouge, a reimagining of the beloved Nutcracker tale told with erotic, sensual and opulent flair.
Choreography by Marius Petipa
Pass on a classic holiday tradition to your family with the State Ballet Theatre of Russia's traditional staging of the perennial classic The Nutcracker. This full-scale production is set to the classic Tchaikovsky score and tells the tale of a nutcracker prince and the young girl who loves him as they journey up the Christmas tree to the magical land of sweets. With a lavish set, stunning costumes, dancing snowflakes, and marching toy soldiers, this ballet offers all the holiday magic of Christmases past.
New York Theatre Ballet announces the 2017-18 Once Upon a Ballet series. Based on beloved children's stories, these one-hour ballets are the perfect way to introduce children to the wonderful worlds of dance, music, visual art, and literature. In the intimate setting of Florence Gould Hall, audiences truly become part of the action!
Choreography by Anne Holck Ekenes, Pia Holden, and Hélène Blackburn Composed by Sverre Indris Joner Lighting design by Joakim Brink Dramaturg: Kjell Moberg
Set to a live score by Norwegian musician and composer Sverre Indris Joner, Lullaby is a thought-provoking, contemporary metaphor of current international politics. Three young, dynamic, and committed male dancers take a journey through friendship, rivalry, and raw masculinity juxtaposed with the melodies of lullabies. Panta Rei, from Oslo, Norway, is known for their fast-paced, colorful, and theatrical choreography.