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The traditional Christmas ballet, the Nutcracker, will be performed at the Anayansi Theater of the Atlapa Convention Center on Monday 28 and Tuesday, December 29. Shows will take place at 2 pm and 7:30 pm, both days. This grand scale classic ballet will have a cast of 165 young people with the participation of national dancers from the Panama National Ballet and international guest artists.
The young cast was selected by the guest artistic director, David Makhateli, the celebrated Georgian dancer and Principal of the London Royal Ballet. He has won International Ballet Competitions in Switzerland, Russia and France.
The Nutcracker is a two-act ballet, originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with a score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The libretto is adapted from E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. It was given its première at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg on Sunday, December 18, 1892, on a double-bill with Tchaikovsky’s opera, Iolanta.
The ballet has enjoyed enormous popularity since the late 1960s and is now performed by countless ballet companies, primarily during the Christmas season, especially in North America. Major American ballet companies generate around 40 percent of their annual ticket revenues from performances of The Nutcracker.
All the money from ticket sales will benefit the Asociacion Pro Danza Panama, a non profit organization dedicated to transmit, spread, support and promote culture through dance, theater, music and all performing arts and stimulate the development of young talent.
This is the third time that Asociacion Pro Danza Panama has produced the Nutcracker. In the past it staged other international classical ballets such as “Sleeping Beauty”, where more than 400 children and foreign dancers participated.
Tickets for sale at ticketplus.com.pa from $30.