Since its debut in 1892, Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker has grown into a Christmas tradition, especially over the past 50 years. It’s so popular, in fact, that many American ballet companies generate a significant percentage of their annual ticket revenues from holiday performances of The Nutcracker.
This year, Dumbo’s Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet will perform The Nutcracker in Dumbo from December 10 through 20. This presentation of the ballet — featuring a cast of 70 dancers — was created by legendary dancer Gelsey Kirkland and co-artistic director Michael Chernov. This marks the first time this production will be performed in Dumbo, in the space at 29 Jay Street that St. Ann’s Warehouse used as its temporary home while its new theater was under construction. Here’s hoping this is the start of a new Brooklyn tradition!
If anyone in American dance deserves to be associated with the Nutcracker, it is Gelsey Kirkland. Starting her career in 1968, Kirkland came to fame dancing the role of “Clara” in Baryshnikov’s 1977 televised production of the ballet. In a continuation of her illustrious career as a dancer, choreographer, and champion of classical ballet, she founded the Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet in 2010.
Opening night on Thursday, December 10, starts with a 7 p.m. performance, followed by an Opening Night Gala. Performances run Thursday through Saturday for the next two weeks, with additional afternoon performances on Saturdays and Sundays. Check their website for times.
Get your tickets to The Nutcracker here.