In George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, Mr. Balanchine uses Act II to introduce Clara and the Prince to foods and flavors from distant lands. Each food is represented through the dancers. This dance represents coffee from Arabia, hence it’s name: Arabian Coffee. Ian Falconer’s costume design was inspired by the Maurice Sendak version – they both emulate a peacock.

Performed by corps de ballet dancer Cecilia Iliesiu.

Nov. 24 – Dec. 28, 2017

This page features a ballet video titled George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® – Arabian Coffee ft. Cecilia Iliesiu. The ballet company performing in this ballet video include Pacific Northwest Ballet. Choreography featured in this video is by .