Toronto’s favourite holiday tradition! Ballet companies all over the world perform The Nutcracker during the holiday season, each with a special take on the beloved classic. The National Ballet of Canada has one of the very finest versions in the world in James Kudelka’s staging from 1995, set in 19th century Russia. With non-stop dancing and magnificent sets and costumes from Santo Loquasto, The Nutcracker is an unforgettable tribute to the imagination.
Choreography and Libretto: James Kudelka, O.C.
Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Set and Costume Design: Santo Loquasto
Lighting Design: Jennifer Tipton
Artists of the Ballet
Laurel Toto, Head of Junior School/Rehearsal Director for The Nutcracker, Canada’s National Ballet School
Students from Canada’s National Ballet School
Musicians of The National Ballet of Canada Orchestra.
The Nutcracker is made possible by generous financial support from production underwriters Sandra Pitblado & Jim Pitblado, C.M., Lawrence &
Ann Heisey and an anonymous friend of the National Ballet.
Naoya Ebe is sponsored through Dancers First by Gretchen Ross.
Christopher Gerty is sponsored through Dancers First by Ms. Nancy Viner & Dr. Raymond Stein.
Calley Skalnik is sponsored through Dancers First by an anonymous donor.
Videography by Anne-Marie Jackson, Johan Hallberg-Campbell and Monica Guddat
Editing by Anne-Marie Jackson