Ballet Idaho Returns to Morrison Center with The Nutcracker

The holidays for many families are filled with traditions. Ballet Idaho will continue their tradition as they prepare to perform “The Nutcracker,” Dec. 20-22 at the Morrison Center.

In 1892, Pyotr IlyichTchaikovsky’s two-act ballet was deemed a failure when presented at Imperial Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia.

It wasn’t until the 1950s when George Balanchine choreographed it for the New York City Ballet that the ballet was a success and became a staple in holiday festivities worldwide.

Artistic Director of Ballet Idaho Peter Anastos moved to Boise six years ago from New York City and one of his first assignments was to choreograph “The Nutcracker.”

“Nutcracker is a popular holiday tradition with a lot of families,” Anastos said. “It’s a great fantasy for kids, and it also makes adults feel like kids too. Plus, there’s Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score, one of the greatest in ballet.”

Anastos’ favorite part of the ballet is the second act, because that’s where all the real dancing happens. He also likes the “The Battle of the Mice and Soldiers” at the end of act one because he gets to use his creativity and each year they try to choreograph something new and funny.

“Our Mouse King usually does the latest dance, but sorry, no twerking,” Anastos said.

“The Nutcracker” is one of the more anticipated ballets locally, as there are over 100 Academy Ballet students, along with 25 company dancers performing.

“We anticipate the matinees selling out,” said Kim Kaine, marketing director for Ballet Idaho. “The beautiful music by Tchaikovsky, the excitement and the beauty of the ballet—just a very memorable ballet for people of all ages three to 90.”

The holidays are in the air everywhere you go this time of year. Downtown has lights and horse and carriage rides. Grocery stores have aisles of Christmas candy stocked and ready.

In a few weeks, the Morrison Center will have “The Nutcracker.”

“I love the music and I love the seasonal feel to the Morrison Center,” Helen Barnes said. “You know the holidays are here when you attend.”

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