Completely New, Forever Enchanting: Alberta Ballet's New Production of The Nutcracker

    CALGARY, Oct. 27 /CNW/ - This December, Alberta Ballet is proud to
premiere its new production of The Nutcracker, the most massive and lavish it
has ever mounted. In fact, it is one of the largest theatrical productions
ever mounted in the province. Choreographed by Edmund Stripe, Canada's new
production of The Nutcracker is the most important premiere in Alberta
Ballet's history.
    Alberta Ballet has been performing the same version of The Nutcracker for
14 years, beginning with Ali Pourfarrokh's interpretation in 1995. Mikko
Nissinen added new choreography to the ballet in 2000, but sets and costumes
remained the same. After his acclaimed creation of Alice in Wonderland in
2006, Stripe was asked by Artistic Director Jean Grand-Maître to
re-choreograph The Nutcracker. Stripe's new production will be highlighted
with beautiful new costumes and sets designed by the Emmy Award-winning Zack
Brown. Over the past two years, thousands of hours of work have gone into the
new production of this much-loved holiday classic, which carries a budget of
$1.5 million.
    "It was time for a new version of The Nutcracker," says Stripe. "It's a
wonderful opportunity and a big responsibility. It's a bit scary, but also
very exciting."
    The newest production of The Nutcracker in Canada comes with some
impressive statistics. Over 60 people in shops across North America have been
working on this new production. Set pieces boast over 100 casters and 3,000
feet of steel. The walls used in Act Two feature 1,000 wooden rosettes and
3,000 jewels, which are all glued on by hand.
    The Nutcracker costume and set designer Zack Brown has designed for over
150 dance, musical, opera, theatre and television productions. Each costume
designed by Brown for the performance is hand-worked, making them all
one-of-a-kind pieces even if they are one of a group. A single costume can
take up to five months to create.
    Stripe is eager to bring the benefits of this partnership to Alberta arts
lovers, calling it, "one of the most inspirational experiences of (his)
choreographic career." Stripe is confident that audiences will be charmed by
the new The Nutcracker.
    The all-new production of The Nutcracker premieres in Edmonton at the
Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium with five shows from December 11 to 14 and
in Calgary with eight shows from December 17 to 22 at the Southern Alberta
Jubilee Auditorium. All performances feature live orchestral accompaniment by
the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.
    To purchase tickets in Edmonton, phone 780-451-8000, or in Calgary at

    About Alberta Ballet:

    Alberta Ballet, a not-for-profit organization, is Canada's third-largest
ballet company. Since its formation in 1966, with its cutting-edge repertoire
and talent, Alberta Ballet is at the forefront of national and international
stages. Considered one of the most successful Canadian choreographers of his
generation, Artistic Director Jean Grand-Maître has built a rich repertoire
that includes the ballets of such masters as George Balanchine and Rudi van
Dantzig, as well as, original works; including the critically acclaimed Joni
Mitchell's The Fiddle & The Drum, a collaboration with legendary music artist
Joni Mitchell.

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