New Jersey Ballet 's Virtual Nutcracker

New Jersey Ballet Company's Virtual Nutcracker series contains new footage from the ballet’s home in Florham Park, as well as interviews and rarely seen clips from the archives highlighting New Jersey’s most cherished production. This season was supposed to mark the production’s 50th Anniversary, which is the longest-running original professional production in the state. Due to COVID-19, New Jersey Ballet has cancelled all performances through the end of the year. The safety of the artists and the public is of utmost importance.

The first cast of New Jersey Ballet’s production of Nutcracker was led by internationally celebrated star of New York City Ballet Edward Villella, along with the company’s own professional dancers and students of New Jersey School of Ballet. Promoting and nurturing youth in New Jersey is a priority for the ballet. Each year New Jersey Ballet auditions, rehearses and uses approximately 300 dance students from around the state to perform the children’s roles in the production. This season, New Jersey Ballet plans to engage students from New Jersey School of Ballet to participate in the virtual project. For both the professional dancers and the students, extensive safety protocols will be implemented to protect the dancers and staff.

The Holidays will not be the same, but New Jersey Ballet wants to bring the joy of Nutcracker into everyone’s living room by presenting rarely seen footage, interviews from current and former dancers, and excerpts from the production recorded from New Jersey Ballet’s performance space in Florham Park.

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Presentation One - "History"
Premiered Wednesday, December 2 at 7:30.

The first of five presentations during the month of December, this week's presentation will look back at how the production was created by New Jersey Ballet's Founder & Director Carolyn Clark, Co-Founder George Tomal and choreographer Joseph Carow and established one of New Jersey's most cherished Holiday traditions. This week will highlight the important role of Drosselmeyer featuring the various artists who have performed the role over the years and will also present some of New Jersey School of Ballet's students performing the role of Angels and Clowns from Act 2. The Holidays will not be the same, but New Jersey Ballet wants to bring the joy of Nutcracker into everyone’s living room by presenting rarely seen footage, interviews from current and former dancers, and excerpts from the production recorded from New Jersey Ballet’s performance space in Florham Park.

 

Narrated by David Tamaki

Filmed and Edited by Kotoe Kojima-Noa

Production and Lighting by Brian Coakley

Presentation Two - "Backstage"
Premiered Wednesday, December 9 at 7:30pm

The second of five presentations during the month of December, this week's presentation will explore the intricate work that takes place behind the scenes, which brings New Jersey Ballet's production of Nutcracker to life. The men and women who work alongside the dancers off stage play an important role keeping the production vibrant and magical year after year. This week's presentation will also highlight the Snow Scene with footage from various years to show how this magnificent scene has been enhanced while preserving the exquisite choreography over the years.

The Holidays will not be the same, but New Jersey Ballet wants to bring the joy of Nutcracker into everyone’s living room by presenting rarely seen footage, interviews from current and former dancers, and excerpts from the production recorded from New Jersey Ballet’s performance space in Florham Park

Host of the evening: Kristin Leechow
Filmed and Edited by Kotoe Kojima-Noa
Production and Lighting by Brian Coakley

Presentation Three - "Clara Over The Years"
Premiered Wednesday, December 16 at 7:30pm

The third of five presentations during the month of December, this week's presentation will explore the role of Clara and how this part challenges each dancer both technically and artistically. Throughout New Jersey Ballet's history, a dancer's technical and artistic ability has always been the determining factor in how this coveted role is cast.
This week's presentation will also highlight the Little Girls dance from Act 1 and the Sugar Plum Fairy variation from Act 2.

The Holidays will not be the same, but New Jersey Ballet wants to bring the joy of Nutcracker into everyone’s living room by presenting rarely seen footage, interviews from current and former dancers, and excerpts from the production recorded from New Jersey Ballet’s performance space in Florham Park.

Host: Catherine Whiting
Filmed/Edited by Kotoe Kojima-Noa
Lighting Production by Brian Coakley

Presentation Four - "Kingdom Of The Sweets"
Premiered Wednesday, December 23 at 7:30pm

The fourth of five presentations during the month of December, this week's presentation will explore the extraordinary music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Music from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker, including the March from Act 1, Waltz of the Flowers, the Russian Dance and Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, immediately transport you into the Holiday spirit.

This week's presentation will also include a new divertissement, which is rarely used in many productions. English Toffee will feature students from New Jersey School of Ballet in the new segment that will be part of the production when New Jersey Ballet's production of Nutcracker returns to the stage in 2021.  

The Holidays will not be the same, but New Jersey Ballet wants to bring the joy of Nutcracker into everyone’s living room by presenting rarely seen footage, interviews from current and former dancers, and excerpts from the production recorded from New Jersey Ballet’s performance space in Florham Park.

Host: Emma Watters, American Entrepreneur/Social Media Influencer
Filmed and Edited by Kotoe Kojima-Noa
Production and Lighting by Brian Coakley

Presentation Five - "Sugar Plums & Cavaliers"
Premiered Wednesday, December 30 at 7:30pm

The fifth and final presentation during the month of December, this week's presentation will focus on the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Set to the twinkling sound of the celesta, the dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy highlights the sweetness, goodness and magic Clara discovers in the Kingdom of Sweets.

 

Closing our five part virtual Nutcracker series, we are honored to have American Ballet Theatre’s Sarah Lane and Carlos Gonzalez, who will be dancing the adagio and coda from the Grand Pas de Deux.

 

The Holidays will not be the same, but New Jersey Ballet wants to bring the joy of Nutcracker into everyone’s living room by presenting rarely seen footage, interviews from current and former dancers, and excerpts from the production recorded from New Jersey Ballet’s performance space in Florham Park.


Host: Megan Levinson, (NJSB Alumna & Radio City Rockette)
Filmed and Edited by Kotoe Kojima-Noa
Production and Lighting by Brian Coakley

NJBallet's Virtual Fall Season is supported in part by Columbia Bank.

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