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Check Out These Dazzling New-and-Improved Productions of The Nutcracker

These four ballet companies refreshed their productions of the beloved holiday classic.


​Pacific Northwest Ballet

School student Eden Anan as Clara. Photo courtesy of PNB.

From 1983 to 2014, PNB had performed its own Nutcracker, choreographed by founding artistic director Kent Stowell, with scenic and costume design by children's author and illustrator Maurice Sendak.

Corps de ballet dancer Elle Macy with company dancers. Photo courtesy of PNB

In 2015, the Seattle-based company acquired Balanchine's production. This year the company has introduced new scenery and costumes designed by Ian Falconer, author and illustrator of Olivia the Pig.

Joshua Grant as Mother Ginger with PNB School students. Photo courtesy of PNB

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