Is September too early to start thinking about The Nutcracker?
Not if you're in Chicago.
Tony Award-winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon is here, working on a brand new version of this holiday classic, which is set to replace Robert Joffrey's long-standing Nutcracker this December. It is much anticipated, especially after his wildly successful interpretation of the ballet classic, Swan Lake.
The Joffrey allowed a live stream of those rehearsals in the studio, and they will be doing the same with The Nutcracker on Thursday, September 8th from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm CST. This is a unique opportunity to get an insider look at how a ballet is created, as well as a preview of this world premiere. It provides a wonderful opportunity for those who live in other areas to get a peek inside Joffrey's studios, and see the company at work. It also gives Chicago-area residents an idea of what they will see on stage this year.
Artistic Director, Ashley Wheater will serve as the host for this event, which takes place on the company's YouTube channel.
The Joffrey Ballet will share this new version of The Nutcracker beginning on December 10th at The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. With live music by the Chicago Philharmonic and all new sets and costumes, it's sure to be a popular event this holiday season.