Ballet Jörgen brings the magical tale of The Nutcracker to life this holiday season in Markham.
The Toronto-based ballet company has interpreted Tchaikovsky’s well-known score and added a uniquely Canadian twist.
Artistic director Bengt Jörgen also set the story against the rugged beauty of the Canadian landscape as seen through the eyes of the Group of Seven. Audiences are taken on Klara’s familiar, magical dream journey as she arrives in Canada and experiences winter landscapes filled with snowflakes, lumberjacks, Mounties, and creatures of the woods.
This celebration of the wonder of the season is based on the popular traditional story The Nutcracker and the King of Mice by E.T.A. Hoffman. The ballet’s second act is remembered for its celebration of varied dances amid raccoons, loons, dragonflies, and bears.
An iconic, show-stopping pas-de-deux danced by Lord and Lady Birch ushers Klara safely home at the end of the adventure. The show includes 16-18 company dancers and 9-11 local young dancers,
Performances, evening and matinee, are Dec. 30-31 at the Flato Markham Theatre. Visit www.flatomarkhamtheatre.ca for more details.
Photo: Mother Spurce and local participants in The Nutcracker. Photo By: Eva Mende-Gibson