Our former Artistic Director Maki Asami drew on her unique abilities and intimate familiarity with the National Ballet of Japan in developing the choreography for this heartwarming ballet. It met with great critical success and has even been released on DVD.
With an opening scene that brings to mind modern-day Tokyo and a jaw-dropping appearance by Santa Claus, the ballet features a storyline that even small children can relate to. And because Maki Asami's choreography demands such a high level of technique from the performers, it is a work of real substance that delights hard-core ballet fans as well.
The production exhibits the sophisticated use of color and gorgeous visual style that is characteristic of Maki's ballets. This, together with the superb, refined technique displayed by the dancers of the National Ballet of Japan, combine to create a fantastic world that is the stuff of dreams.
The Nutcracker is something of an all-star revue. Many of the dancers could be principals in their own right, making this a work which highlights the depth of the roster of the National Ballet of Japan. Don't miss this first revival of this ballet, and enjoy the enriching experience to be found in the arts.