Nutcracker

Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Op. 71, 1891–1892)
Choreography: Kent Stowell
Scenic and Costume Design: Maurice Sendak
Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli
Original Production Premiere: December 6, 1892; Imperial Ballet, St. Petersburg, choreography by Lev Ivanov
Stowell/Sendak Production Premiere: December 13, 1983; Pacific Northwest Ballet

PNB Company dancers in Nutcracker. Photo © Angela Sterling

The brilliant result of close collaboration between PNB Founding Artistic Director and choreographer Kent Stowell and renowned children's book author and illustrator Maurice Sendak, Nutcracker premiered to national acclaim in December 1983. Drawing on E.T.A. Hoffman's The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, Stowell and Sendak delved deeply into the original story and infused the ballet with a drama and strength that fully complements Tchaikovsky's classic score. The following year saw the publication of Nutcracker, a new edition of the original Hoffman story, with illustrations by Sendak, that remained on the New York Times Best Seller List for eight weeks. In 1986, a feature-length film of the Stowell/Sendak Nutcracker was premiered in Seattle and released nationwide. In addition to annual Seattle performances, PNB has performed Nutcracker in Vancouver, Portland, and Minneapolis.


Notes by Doug Fullington.

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