New York City Ballet Presents George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker in Movie Theatres [Source: Omniverse Vision]

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker was not the first staging of this Russian classic in the U.S. but the New York City Ballet’s production, that premiered in 1954, went on to become not only a local favorite but the inspiration for The Nutcracker craze that eventually swept the nation. I’m not clear on how The Nutcracker made its way around the world, but Balanchine can certainly be credited for its popularity in the States.

On December 13th, a performance of The Nutcracker by the New York City Ballet will be streamed live in movie theaters across the U.S. for a single night nationwide.

In late December and early January, NYCB’s The Nutcracker will be shown in theaters worldwide including the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Australia, Spain, Portugal and Iceland. I cannot tell if this is a live or recorded version but if it was live I assume they would be letting people know since that makes it an even more special event.

If you know of other countries in which George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker is being shown in theaters, please let me know at: clyde(at)allworlddance(dot)com.

I’m really happy to see such live events being streamed in movie theaters. When I was young (said grandpa!) growing up in the States, movie theaters were a special place to see great films and they’ve had some ups and downs with the growth of competitors from video and DVDs to cable tv and, now, online streaming of movies. It’s nice to know that advances in technology are also working to their advantage in settings where movie theaters are not as competitive as they used to be.

Available at Amazon: George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker