Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker has been performed annually for forty-two years. Over 35 performances employ the talents of the entire company and more than 250 Boston Ballet School students who perform in the production every year.
This season's presentation of The Nutcracker marks the final season the current sets and costumes will take the stage. Following this season, the current costumes and sets will be retired and Boston Ballet's The Nutcracker will return to the stage entirely reimagined with new sets and costumes in 2012.
In addition to the world-renowned company dancers, Boston Ballet’s production features Nissinen’s own choreography which infuses the classical traditions of Marius Petipa’s The Nutcracker with fresh, neo-classical style giving it a vibrant and energized feel. The choreography is complemented by the full Boston Ballet Orchestra led by Principal Conductor Jonathan McPhee, spectacular sets designed by Helen Pond and Herbert Senn, and intricate and whimsical costumes by David Walker and Charles Heightchew.