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ABT's Nutcracker at Segerstrom Center 2015

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The news had been noted elsewhere but here's the official release:

AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE

AND SEGERSTROM CENTER FOR THE ARTS

TO PRESENT ANNUAL ENGAGEMENTS OF

ALEXEI RATMANSKY’S THE NUTCRACKER

BEGINNING DECEMBER 2015

NEW YORK, NY and COSTA MESA, CA – Segerstrom Center for the Arts and American Ballet Theatre will co-present annual productions of Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker beginning December 2015 at Segerstrom Center in Costa Mesa, California. It was announced today by Rachel S. Moore, ABT Chief Executive Officer and Terrence W. Dwyer, Segerstrom Center President. This will mark the production’s West Coast Premiere and, in its inaugural year,

The Nutcracker will be given 14 performances, December 10 through 20, 2015.

American Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker, choreographed by ABT Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky, is set to a score by Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky and features scenery and costumes by Richard Hudson and lighting by Jennifer Tipton. The production was given its World Premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Howard Gilman Opera House on December 23, 2010.

“Our tours to Orange County over the last 28 years have been an important part of ABT’s role as America’s National Ballet Company,” said Moore. "With these annual performances of The Nutcracker, we look forward to solidifying a permanent partnership with Segerstrom Center for the Arts."

"Center President Terrence W. Dwyer said, "Segerstrom Center for the Arts is very pleased to

continue its relationship with American Ballet Theatre by co-presenting ABT's critically acclaimed

production of The Nutcracker. This will be a wonderful addition to the holiday season and, with other collaborative projects, we will be able to expand the Center's reach and connection to dance audiences throughout Southern California.”

The engagement of The Nutcracker continues an on-going relationship between Segerstrom Center and ABT. The company has appeared at the Center 23 times, beginning in 1987. At the Center, ABT gave the World Premiere of Mikhail Baryshnikov’s Swan Lake in 1988, the West Coast Premiere of Kevin McKenzie’s new production of The Sleeping Beauty in 2007 and the World Premiere of the new production of Firebird by Alexei Ratmansky. In 2008, ABT co-commissioned Twyla Tharp’s Rabbit and Rogue with Segerstrom Center for the Arts, receiving its World Premiere in New York and West Coast Premiere at the Center. In 1999, the ABT production of Le Corsaire was taped for broadcast on PBS’ Dance In America, winning an Emmy Award. In 2003, The Dream was also taped at the Center for broadcast on Dance In America.

For additional information about Segerstrom Center for the Arts, please visit www.SCFTA.org. For more information on American Ballet Theatre, please visit www.ABT.org.

David H. Koch is the Lead Underwriter of American Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker. Linda Allard is the Original Underwriting Sponsor of costumes for The Nutcracker.

Joan Taub Ades and Alan M. Ades, The Susan and Leonard Feinstein Foundation, and Brian and Darlene Heidtke are Co-Underwriting Sponsors of The Nutcracker. A gift as Co-Underwriting Sponsor of costumes for The Nutcracker has been provided in loving memory of Ellen Everett Kimiatek. The Nutcracker is generously supported through an endowed gift from The Toni and Martin Sosnoff New Works Fund.

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This sounds great--I thought they were checking out of Segestrom in the past years (alternating their CA visits with Dorothy Chandler in LA), but this combined with Sleeping Beauty suggest a renewed commitment. I do hope, however, it's the Nutcracker + another program at some other part of the year and that they won't JUST be visiting during December for this yearly engagement.

This might also indicate a filming possibility since they've filmed for PBS a few times here (and it's mentioned in the press release)?

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Does this mean they won't present at BAM starting in 2015?

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This was probably a wise move financially. The Ratmansky Nut has its considerable charms, but it simply wasn't selling the way the NYCB was. I'm sure on tour it will be a big hit.

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Aha, just saw the news on the Nutcracker at BAM link, which answered my question. This is a real pity in my opinion. Maybe not for the company but I will personally miss it very much.

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Maybe America's *Classical* National Ballet Company

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"ABT's role as America's National Ballet Company"....really?

Well, they do have a commitment to regular year-in-year-out touring that no other major US ballet company has. If I'm not mistaken, they've performed in all 50 states.

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"ABT's role as America's National Ballet Company"....really?

Well, they do have a commitment to regular year-in-year-out touring that no other major US ballet company has. If I'm not mistaken, they've performed in all 50 states.

On their company history page, ABT does say it's performed in all 50 states. (It's toward the end.)

http://www.abt.org/insideabt/history.asp

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It's a good thing no other company has toured all 50 states, lest they claim the same title! In spite of its puffery, the title makes some sense.

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It may seem puffy, but ABT has a long history of international touring as well, some of it under the auspices of the State Department, so that they are officially representing the US. Naima Prevots' book "Dance for Export" looks at the early development of those programs.

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I don't know if these dates have been posted yet. I just got a mailing from ABT that announces that the last BAM performances will be December 12-21, 2014.

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