The Nutcracker Experience 2020 presented by Meijer

Available online December 18-31, 2020
Hosted by eightWest’s Rachael Ruiz & Jordan Carson
Choreography by Val Caniparoli
Set and production design by Chris Van Allsburg & Eugene Lee
Music composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Music performed by Grand Rapids Symphony

We know your family’s holidays wouldn’t be the same without The Nutcracker in 2020That’s why Artistic Director James Sofranko is so proud to bring you a reimagined version this year—The Nutcracker Experience—that will include many of your favorite characters and dances including Drosselmeier, Clara, the Sugar Plum Fairy, and of course the Nutcracker Prince; as well as many of your favorite scenes including the Waltz of the Snowflakes, Waltz of the Flowers, The Russian Trepak, The Chinese Dragon, and more.  You will hear and see the Grand Rapids Symphony, long time Nutcracker partners with the Grand Rapids Ballet, conducted by John Varineau, providing the musical score. The production was filmed explicitly for The Nutcracker Experience by SALT Creative Production Studios, and also includes a behind-the-scenes look at the artists of Michigan’s only professional ballet company.  All the dancers were filmed in small “pods” of no more than 4 or 5, with a masked, limited, and socially distanced film crew.  Thanks to “movie magic,” at times it may appear as if the stage is full, but in reality we had no more than one “pod” on stage at a time.  Approximately 60 minutes, and hosted by Jordan Carson and Rachael Ruiz of WOOD-TV’s eightWest, this is a Nutcracker like you’ve never experienced before. Happy holidays!

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The Nutcracker Experience 2020 Tickets

Watch the online Vimeo performance from the best seat in the houseyoursas many times as you like whenever you like. We recommend streaming to your smart TV for any even more immersive experience. Learn more here.

Access is only $15 so we kindly ask you purchase as many “tickets” as you will have friends and family viewing with you. Thank you!

PLEASE NOTE: IT MAY TAKE UP TO 24 HOURS TO PROCESS YOUR ORDER. Once your purchase is complete, you will receive emails from us with more details on how to access this exclusive online content. Questions? Email Marketing Director Michael Erickson today.

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Be a part of The Nutcracker Experience!

Would you like to be seen on-screen during our online presentation of The Nutcracker Experience December 18-27?

Put on your dancing shoes and submit a video (horizontal format is preferred) of no longer than 30 seconds of you, your family, your friends—whoever in your pod wants to join in—dancing to the music of Sugar Plum or Russian and there’s a good chance you’ll see it at the end of the performance.

Also, we’ll reward five lucky submissions with a free Patron Plus subscription for the remainder of the 2020|21 season including The Nutcracker Experience — a $150 value.

Submit your video via email no later than Friday, December 11. Have fun and good luck!

Grand Rapids Ballet’s Nutcracker production is divine, delicious, delightful!

Jeffrey KaczmarczykMLive 2014
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Meet Val Caniparoli

Val Caniparoli’s versatility has made him one of the most sought after American choreographers internationally.

He has contributed to the repertoires of more than 50 dance companies, including Finnish National Ballet, BalletMet, BalletX, Kansas City Ballet, Richmond Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Boston Ballet, Northern Ballet Theatre, Pennsylvania Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Hong Kong Ballet, Scottish Ballet, Smuin Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Ballet West (resident choreographer 1993-97), Washington Ballet, Israel Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Singapore Dance Theatre, Atlanta Ballet, State Theatre Ballet of South Africa, and Tulsa Ballet, (resident choreographer 2001-06). One of his most popular ballets, Lambarena, was nominated for the Prix Benois de la Danse in 1997 for Best Choreography.

Caniparoli is most closely associated with San Francisco Ballet, his artistic home for over 43 years. He first worked under the artistic directorship of Lew Christensen, and in the early 1980s, was appointed resident choreographer. He continues to choreograph for the company under Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson.

Caniparoli has also choreographed operas for three major companies: Chicago Lyric Opera, San Francisco Opera, and The Metropolitan Opera. In addition, he has worked on several occasions with the San Francisco Symphony, most memorably on the Rimsky-Korsakov opera-ballet Mlada, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas. His work with San Francisco’s esteemed American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) includes choreography for A Christmas Carol, A Doll’s House, Arcadia, A Little Night Music, and the creation, with Carey Perloff, of a new movement-theatre piece, Tosca Cafe. His full evening-length ballets include Lady of the Camellias, three different productions of The Nutcracker for Cincinnati Ballet, Louisville Ballet, and Grand Rapids Ballet, and Val Caniparoli’s, A Cinderella Story, danced to themes by Richard Rodgers, for Royal Winnipeg Ballet. In 2015, Caniparoli co-choreographed, with Helgi Tomasson, a commercial for the 50th Anniversary Super Bowl with dancers from San Francisco Ballet.

Born in Renton, Washington, Caniparoli opted for a professional dance career after studying music and theatre at Washington State University. He received a Ford Foundation Scholarship to attend San Francisco Ballet School and performed with San Francisco Opera Ballet before joining San Francisco Ballet in 1973. He continues to perform with the company as a Principal Character Dancer.

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