GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (March 25, 2014) — “The Nutcracker,” long a holiday staple on the annual Grand Rapids Ballet schedule, will be transformed through designs by famous artist and Grand Rapids native Chris Van Allsburg and sets built by Tony Award-winning Eugene Lee. The announcement was made at a Tuesday morning news conference.
Choreography will be designed by Val Caniparoli, who has been associated for decades with the San Francisco Ballet, among many others.
The Grand Rapids production of ‘The Nutcracker’ therefore is becoming a national collaboration of artists. The production will be under the direction of the GR Ballet’s artistic director, Patricia Barker.
The new ‘Nutcracker’ will premiere on December 11, 2014, at a benefit for Hospice of Michigan. Show dates are December 12-14 and December 19-21. All performances, including the benefit, will be at DeVos Performance Hall.