2019 NBA Champion Kyle Lowry joined fellow Toronto Raptor Matt Thomas onstage as Cannon Dolls in The Nutcracker.

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.

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky*

Set and Costume Design:
Santo Loquasto

Lighting Design:
Jennifer Tipton

*The National Ballet of Canada Orchestra with VIVA! Youth Singers of Toronto, Founder and Artistic Director Carol Woodward Ratzlaff

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.

Karen Kain, Artist Director
Skylar Campbell
Jillian Vanstone
Alexander Skinner
Artists of the Ballet
Students from Canada’s National Ballet School

Cannon Dolls Toronto Raptors Kyle Lowry and Matt Thomas.

Musicians of The National Ballet of Canada Orchestra.

Videography by Monica Guddat
Editing by Sean Leonard

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