When the Miami City Ballet announced it would be reimagining its 35th anniversary season, many of us assumed they would stick to virtual performances like most of the arts and culture that’s sadly been canceled. But our local dance troupe isn’t just sticking to digital premieres.
This December, the MCB takes it to the next level with George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker in the Park—a completely outdoor experience at Downtown Doral Park. Thirteen performances are scheduled to take place live before a socially-distanced audience of just over 150 people, who will be seated in pods. Video sequences projected onto giant screens will animate the productions, bringing new life to the time-honored holiday classic and giving Isabel and Ruben Toledo’s innovative costumes and vibrant sets a new stage on which to shine. MCB Artistic Director Lourdes Lopez adapted the story for the outdoor space, and if the company’s recent stint on Lincoln Road is any indication, we can all expect the dancers to give it their all in full regalia no matter the setting.
The Nutcracker opens on December 18 with a special free performance for first responders and essential workers. Public shows begin the next day and run through December 31. Tickets go on sale on Monday, October 26 and a presale option is available on the site right now. Prices will range from $120 to $285, depending on the date and the section, which includes the choice of a chair pod (it will be supplied) or a blanket pod (you’ll need to bring your own).
Ballet fan or not, we’re here for any semblance of a relatively normal holiday season.
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