PNB Presents Stowell & Sendak’s Nutcracker

Nutcracker Trailer [Source: PNB]

Pacific Northwest Ballet’s annual production of Nutcracker kicked off this weekend running till December 27th. PNB’s Nutcracker is set to the traditional music of Tchaikovsky and presents a collaborative effort between choreographer Kent Stowell and author/illustrator Maurice Sendak first staged in 1983. Sendak created both costume and set designs for this unique production.

On Being a Party Girl [Source: PNB]

The Nutcracker is an important rite of passage for many young ballerinas. In the above video short a young dancer named Mimi talks about her experience as a “Party Girl” in PNB’s Nutcracker.

Pacific Northwest Ballet also produced a children’s book about their Nutcracker and Maurice Sendak produced an illustrated version of E.T.A. Hoffman’s Nutcracker tale.

PNB’s Nutcracker – Flowers Excerpt [Source: PNB]

The Nutcracker is also an important experience for “big girls” who appear in this excerpt of Flowers from Nutcracker featuring PNB soloist, Lindsi Dec as Flora.

And here’s an interesting look at ballerina Jessika Anspach who has performed three roles in a single night of Nutcracker, an experience known as Triple Whammy.

Official Site: PNB’s Nutcracker

Available at Amazon:
Maurice Sendak & E.T.A. Hoffman’s Nutcracker

Book: The Pacific Northwest Ballet Presents: Nutcracker
Nutcracker: The Motion Picture: VHS ~ Streaming ~ Download