While the day itself is lovely, Christmas does bring along an entire season of celebration, shopping and tradition. One of the most reproduced and popular annual holiday traditions is the production of a theatrical performance— The Nutcracker. This year, the director of the Washington Ballet— Septime Webre— is gearing up to put on his tenth production of the Nutcracker. Taking an abundance of artistic liberty, Webre impresses audiences year after year with his take on the age old story.
The original Nutcracker was produced as a two-act ballet in late 1800’s Russia. While not a total success on its own, the score by legendary composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky was beloved and kept the Nutcracker alive for years to come. Over the past five decades or so, the production has maintained an enormous presence in the ever-expanding United States Christmas season scene. Now performed by most ballet companies throughout the nation, one of the greatest pleasures that comes from the widespread influence is the eclectic collection of different directors’ portrayals and interpretations of the centuries old ballet.
Septime Webre’s production expands on the concept of the Nutcracker in Washington DC. This production is set in 1882 Georgetown and plays off an established and broad collection of Washington Ballet dancers. The play truly takes the route of a Washingtonian interpretation, as the play’s hero nutcracker is in fact characterized as George Washington. Carrying on an exciting theatrical tradition with various twists, turns and reappropriations, the Washington Ballet’s production of the Nutcracker is absolutely worth checking out.
This collaboration of classical Tchaikovsky composition and modern Webre interpretation will put on an array of performances throughout the holiday season. The Nutcracker in Washington DC is slated for viewing at the Warner Theatre from November 29- December 28th. There will also be two performances at the end of November at THEARC Theatre in Washington, DC. Don’t miss Webre’s 10th anniversary of directing this beloved version of a beloved production.