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Ballet Theatre Company’s ‘Nutcracker’ Now Available for Viewing On-Demand

The Waltz of the Snowflakes, Nutcracker 2022. Photo credit: Thomas Giroir

The magic of ‘The Nutcracker,’ as performed by West Hartford’s Ballet Theatre Company this year, can now be enjoyed in your living room.


Ballet Theatre Company’s The Nutcracker was presented at Connecticut’s Premier Performing Arts Center, The Bushnell’s Belding Theater, Nov. 26 and 27, 2022. Over the course of the holiday weekend, BTC delighted local audiences with three public performances and one sensory-friendly performance.

Now, experience Stephanie Dattellas’ refreshed rendition of this holiday classic from the comfort of your own home. From now thru Dec. 31, 2022, Ballet Theatre Company will offer its 2022 production of The Nutcracker available for streaming On-Demand.

“Congratulations on your terrific production of Nutcracker.  You have some beautiful dancers and clever innovations with the traditions of this stalwart ballet,” remarked an audience member.

The Waltz of the Flowers, Nutcracker 2022. Photo credit: Thomas Giroir

Dattellas’ fresh version of The Nutcracker follows the familiar holiday storyline with many twists and turns along the way that will enchant first-time viewers and seasoned audience members alike. From dancing dolls that pay homage to West Hartford history, to a battalion of break-dancing mice, and a menagerie of dancing sweets and treats, you’ll experience Clara’s magical journey like never before. New this year, Dattellas reimagined a new, vibrant, and cheeky Act II to address the lingering cultural appropriation in the 130-year-old ballet. To make the vision come to life for audiences, Lead Costume Designer Pat Nurnberger designed and hand-sewed over 70 costumes to pair with Dattellas’ fresh, original choreography.

“I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed the production. The costumes were amazing, the dancers were wonderful – I was delighted by the changes to the dances (the breakdancing, the distancing from problematic stereotypical interpretations). The whole morning was wonderful. I can’t wait for the Spring and another BTC performance. Happy Holidays,” an audience member said.

Tickets are $35 and are on sale now. Each “ticket” will allow a single IP address (household network) access to view the performance anytime, or multiple times, from Dec. 14-31. If you are watching in multiple locations, you will need to purchase additional tickets. Click here to purchase tickets. Please note that the link to watch the performance will appear on your receipt, and technical support is available at 706-570-1416, option #1.

Due to Licensing through The George Balanchine Trust, the video will not include the final scene of the ballet: the Grand Pas de Deux. However, audiences can still enjoy the rest of the ballet including: The Party Scene, The Battle Scene with Studio-860, The Land of the Snow, The Land of the Sweets featuring Lindsey Donnell of Dance Theatre of Harlem, and the finale, featuring our starring Sugar Plum Fairy, Lauren Lovette and the Cavalier performed by Luigi Crispino of American Ballet Theatre.

BTC is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and is supported in part by the State of Connecticut Office of the Arts, CT Humanities, Ron and Nancy Compton, The Edward C. & Ann T. Roberts Foundation, The William and Alice Mortensen Foundation, The Ellen Jeanne Goldfarb Memorial Charitable Trust, Ahearn Family Foundation, The John and Kelly Hartman Foundation, Henry Hall Charitable Trust, The Buchalter-Breslow Family, The Petit Family Foundation, Connecticut Public, Laurel Graphic Design, We-Ha.com, Cricket Press, Jane Owen Public Relations, Sky Investment Group, Sharon Kim’s State Farm, and Beam & Barre.

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