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Help Brooklyn Ballet launch our largest production yet - at the iconic   Brooklyn Museum!
Help Brooklyn Ballet launch our largest production yet - at the iconic Brooklyn Museum!
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Brooklyn Ballet is launching our biggest production yet, the premiere of The Brooklyn Nutcracker at the world-renowned Brooklyn Museum. The Brooklyn Nutcracker is a updated take on a holiday classic, with multicultural dance forms, motion-sensor costuming, a digital set-design, and over 50 children performing from Brooklyn Ballet Youth Ensemble. Your support helps us provide choreographer and dancer fees, costumelighting, and set design costs, as well as rehearsal directors, coaches, and Company faculty. We hope you'll join us in making this our most successful show yet!  

What's new this year?

This year brings us to a whole new venue: The Brooklyn Museum, where we are thrilled to perform The Brooklyn Nutcracker from Dec 7-9 & 11. It is our largest production yet, with more dancers, exciting guest artists, new scenes, and over 2,000 seats!

Dancers Paunika Jones & Elisabet Rubio at the Brooklyn Museum, photo by Stephan Moskovic
Dancers Paunika Jones & Elisabet Rubio at the Brooklyn Museum, photo by Stephan Moskovic

One of our brand new scenes is Waltz of the Flowers, with innovative costume design by Rebeccah Pailes-Friedman, Professor from Pratt Institute. The fiber-optic luminescent tutus give an added glow to choreography by Claudia Jeschke and Lynn Parkerson

photo by Rebeccah Pailes-Friedman
photo by Rebeccah Pailes-Friedman

We're SO excited to have extremely talented dancers and guest artists joining us this year, featuring Nakotah LaRance, 6-time World Hoop Dance Champion. LaRance, from the Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo in New Mexico, performs his sensational mix of traditional hoop and hip-hop dance to open the second act. Nakotah’s participation in The Brooklyn Nutcracker is a wonderful reminder that our country, including the site of the Brooklyn Museum, was once all indigenous land. Nakotah's dance performance illuminates Native American culture as vibrant and contemporary, as well as ancient.

Nakotah Larance by Sandoval Photosynth
Nakotah Larance by Sandoval Photosynth

In addition to LaRance, we welcome back Ingrid Silva and Dylan Santos, courtesy of Dance Theatre of Harlem as Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier; Sira Melikian, choreographer/performer in the Arabian dance, Sydnie Mosley, collaborating choreographer of the Marzipans/Marzipettes, and the inimitable Mike “Big Mike” Fields as Drosselmeyer.

And of course we welcome back Brooklyn Ballet students (some returning and some brand new!) who will perform alongside our professional company. Continuing our mission to provide access to classical ballet to all communities, our youth dancers include scholarship students and recruits from Elevate, a program bringing free dance classes to under-resourced public schools. All Brooklyn Ballet's student dancers receive an invaluable performance opportunity dancing alongside world-class dancers.

What do your donations pay for?

Your donations will make this show possible. Ticket sales income only covers a fraction of the cost of production so your help is essential. Pledges cover choreographer and dancer fees, costume and design fees, lighting, and set design, as well as children's rehearsal directors. 

Note: Brooklyn Ballet is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by the law.

Repertory Details & Collaborators

Concept/Choreography: Lynn Parkerson 

Music: Pytor IIyich Tchaikovsky 

Art Director/Set Design: Avram Finkelstein 

Costume Design: Rebeccah Pailes-Friedman, Leila Ligougne, Sylvia Nolan, YMX by Yellowman 

Technologist: Nicholas Vermeer, NYC Resistor 

Lighting Design: Ben Bauer 

Collaborating Choreographers: Thomas Baird, Michael “Big Mike” Fields, Claudia Jeschke, Nakotah LaRance, Sira Melikian, Sydnie Mosley 

Dancers: Katherine Norton Bliss, Courtney Cochran, Yinet Fernandez, Michael "Big Mike" Fields, Tristan Grannum, Paunika Jones, Miku Kawamura, Cortney Key, Nakotah LaRance, Bobby "Anime" Major, Sira Melikian, Sydnie Mosley, Allison Piccone, Kendra Ross, Elisabet Rubio, Yuriko Sakai, Dylan Santos, Christine Sawyer, Max Simoes, Angelique Smith, Keenen "Sylinsah" Thomas, Ladell "Mr. Ocean" Thomas, Candace Thompson, Eliza Tollet, Miranda Bishop (apprentice)

Managing Director: Cassandra Weibel 

Production Manager: Jaclyn Rose Wohl

Rehearsal Director: Richard Glover

Stage Manager: Kai-ti Kao 

Company Class Faculty/Coaches: Pascal Benichou, David Fernandez, Richard Glover, Nina Goldman 

Children's Rehearsal Coordinator: Rebecca Warthen

Video production: Sarah Dahnke / BRIC  

Thank you to our Kickstarter Launch Party Sponsors!  

 

Risks and challenges

Live performance is always a bit risky - there could be injuries, technical difficulties, missed cues, or botched exits. But that is also what makes live performance so exciting and vibrant. Plus, we've been performing for 14 years so we're confident we can tackle whatever challenges come our way!

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    NEW! Post Show Celebration!

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    VIP Treatment to the Moon!

    - (4) seats to our Opening Night dinner with seasonal fare prepared by Michelin-star chef Saul Bolton at The Norm at Brooklyn Museum.
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    Custom-designed LED tutu

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