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In these challenging times of the COVID19 pandemic, we are determined to continue to bring you enriching content to keep the love of ballet alive in the Philippines. Our online shows will carry you into the artistry of Ballet Philippines into your home.

The Nutcracker

Ballet Philippines’ 53rd Season, The Nutcracker: A Holiday Presentation Unlike Any Other

Choreographed by Ballet Philippines’ Artistic Director Mikhail “Misha” Martynyuk, this full length performance of The Nutcracker brings the complete Christmas experience to audiences. And while most dance companies traditionally celebrate the season with their own version of The Nutcracker, Ballet Philippines’ offering is distinguished by the distinct brand of magic it brings through dance. Martynuk explains, “We are creating a fresh version while still respecting the classical version of the play. The performance will not only uphold the motives of E.T.A Hoffman’s Nutcracker and The Mouse King, it equally showcases the brilliant libretto of Marius Petipa.”

Ballet Philippines’ The Nutcracker is extra special as it features live music from the Manila Symphony Orchestra. Playing time-honored compositions of Peter Tchaikovsky, audiences can expect complete enchantment as music and dance transport senses to the Land of The Sugar Plum Fairy. Ballet Philippines’ Artistic Director Mikhail “Misha” Martynyuk shares: “The uniqueness of our performance is its high level of musicality. Every scene is built precisely to the rhythm of the composer’s work.” This symbiosis of ballet and orchestra, experienced only in Ballet Philippines’ The Nutcracker, makes the show extraordinary.

Martynuk adds: “Nutcracker has been synonymous with Christmas all around the world since it was first staged in December 1892.” With libretto by Marius Petipa, the 130-year-old ballet has been beloved by audiences as it brings beloved Christmas characters to life through music, rhythm, and the magic of dance.