29 Aug The Indianapolis School of Ballet presents The Nutcracker performed with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra at the Murat Theatre December 16 – 18
INDIANAPOLIS, August 8, 2016 – For the first time in its history, the Indianapolis School of Ballet (ISB), a program of the Indianapolis Ballet, Inc., will perform with the world-renowned Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (ISO) when it presents its tenth-anniversary production of The Nutcracker December 16 – 18 at the Murat Theatre. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 19 and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com, or by visiting the box office in the Old National Centre on 502 N. New Jersey St., Indianapolis, IN. Special pricing is available for students and seniors.
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, performing live with a Nutcracker ballet for the first time in more than 30 years, will feature an ensemble of 45 musicians, led by ISO assistant conductor Vince Lee. Lee earned a Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and a Diploma in Orchestral Conducting at The Juilliard School under the direction of James DePreist. To date, Lee has premiered more than 200 works.
Indianapolis School of Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker is a timeless two-act ballet featuring choreography 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). Lyras is staging Balanchine’s famous Grand Pas de Deux© from Act II of The Nutcracker with permission from The George Balanchine Trust.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with the remarkable Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra,” said Lyras. “Having a live orchestra perform with The Nutcracker is such a gift to see and hear and it truly brings new life to the ballet and Balanchine’s legendary choreography.”
Along with reputable choreography, ISB’s production of The Nutcracker is unique to central Indiana by showcasing historic landmarks and local talent on stage. Scenery from the notable Morris-Butler House, an Indiana Landmarks’ museum house built in 1865, inspired the setting and scenery designed by master scenic artist, C. David Higgins. Local RTV6 Emmy Award-winning news reporter Rafael Sanchez continues to make an annual appearance as the elegant gentleman in Act One’s “party scene.”
One-of-a-kind costumes are hand-made by Loukia Finale, former seamstress for Oscar de la Renta and costumer for the Piraeus Theater in Greece. Lighting and design are 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.
The Indianapolis School of Ballet will also feature prominent guest artists and principal dancers including Paul Vitali, formerly of the Pennsylvania Ballet and Feld Ballets/NY, who returns as “Herr Drosselmeyer,” the benevolent maker of magic who gives young Clara her beloved nutcracker.