05 Feb Indianapolis School of Ballet Presents The Nutcracker
INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 2, 2015 – For the ninth consecutive season, the Indianapolis School of Ballet (ISB), a program of the Indianapolis Ballet, Inc., presents Central Indiana’s favorite holiday pastime, The Nutcracker. ISB invites you to join them at the historic Scottish Rite Cathedral Theater to experience the season with a trip to see this beloved classic in downtown Indianapolis, December 18 – 21. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at http://indyballet.org, or by calling 317-955-7525.
The Nutcracker, as performed by ISB, is a timeless two-act ballet choreographed in part by Victoria Lyras – ISB’s Founding Artistic Director and former principal dancer and soloist with the Pennsylvania Ballet and a Balanchine protégé, Robert Rodham – former Regisseur of the Pennsylvania Ballet, and George Balanchine – founder of the School of American Ballet and the New York City Ballet. ISB has received permission from The George Balanchine Trust, who only grants permission to stage Balanchine choreography with approved repetiteurs, to perform Mr. Balanchine’s famous Grand Pas de Deux© from Act II of The Nutcracker and Ms. Lyras has, once again, been recognized and approved with the honor to stage this work.
“We are so grateful to The George Balanchine Trust and the works that they have approved for us to use year after year,” said Ms. Lyras. “It’s such a privilege to be able to pass along Mr. Balanchine’s legacy to the Indianapolis community.”
Along with reputable choreography, The Nutcracker also highlights Central Indiana by bringing local talent and landmarks onto the stage. Beautiful scenery of the notable Morris-Butler House, an Indiana Landmarks’ museum house, are the backdrops of this gorgeous ballet designed by master scenic artist, C. David Higgins. Exquisite hand-made costumes by Loukia Finale, former seamstress for Oscar de la Renta and costumer for the Piraeus Theater in Greece. Lighting and design is by Barrymore Award-winning designer, James Leitner and ballroom dancers from Riolo Dance will portray the adult partygoers in the first scene as part of an ongoing professional collaboration between Ms. Lyras and Marie Riolo Roach.
Featured guest artists include Paul Vitali, Benjamin Warner and John Koluder, Director of Public Relations for the Indy Eleven. Vitali, formerly of the Pennsylvania Ballet and Feld Ballets/NY, returns as Herr Drosselmeyer, the benevolent maker of magic who gives young Clara her beloved nutcracker. Warner, former dancer with Alberta Ballet and now a member of the ISB Faculty, will perform the role of Cavalier and Snow King.