Grand Rapids Ballet (GRB), Michigan’s only professional ballet company, continues celebrating 50 years in 2022 by returning to DeVos Performance Hall for the holiday favorite, “The Nutcracker,” taking place December Dec. 9-11 & 16-18, 2022.
Grand Rapids Ballet’s Company dancers will adorn the stage at DeVos Performance Hall with beautiful sets and beloved characters including Clara, Drosselmeyer, and more. Audiences will be captivated as the elegant Sugar Plum Fairy and her gallant Cavalier guide Clara through the Land of the Sweets. Along the way, menacing mice and brave soldiers engage in an epic Battle Scene, leading up to festive celebrations as Clara is mesmerized by a fantastic waltz.
“We are always brimming with excitement around Nutcracker time! This production is unique to Grand Rapids Ballet, and we are so fortunate to have had it created for us by a truly world-class artistic team,” said James Sofranko, artistic director at Grand Rapids Ballet. “Not only is it a charming story for the whole family with fantastic music, but it is told through classical ballet with steps that must be performed precisely and push our company to new heights. Every year the dancers strive to outdo themselves during ‘The Nutcracker,’ and I love seeing them create magic on the stage each and every night!”
GRB’s “The Nutcracker” was reimagined in 2014 by GR-native, Chris Van Allsburg, author of “The Polar Express,” and features set designs by Eugene Lee, a Tony Award®-winner for productions including “The Lion King” (1998), and “Wicked” (2004), among others. The production also features Tchaikovsky’s magical score, performed live by the Grand Rapids Symphony with vocals by Grand Valley State University’s Department of Music.