Eugene Ballet Company’s Nutcracker stands out from all the other holiday shows as the one to see. Since the early 1900s, the Nutcracker has been the most performed and most popular ballet of all time. Danced to Tchaikovsky’s memorable score, The Nutcracker is a favorite holiday tradition.
Now in its 35th year, The Eugene Ballet Company is, in the words of the National Endowment for the Arts, “one of the premier touring ballet companies in the United States”. Over its 30 year existence, the company has performed the Nutcracker in 32 states and 7 countries. The Nutcracker performances on December 12 and 13 at the CSI Fine Arts Auditorium are a wonderful opportunity for the local community to see this outstanding professional ballet company.
Eugene Ballet Company’s Nutcracker features a cast full of nationally and internationally acclaimed dancers. Artistic Director Toni Pimble overflows with enthusiasm when speaking of the talents of this season’s performers.
“The Eugene Ballet Company brings dancers from all over the world to the CSI Fine Arts Center stage. Korean principal Yun-Kyung Kim bring technical aplomb and flair while Russian, Petr Orlov explodes onto the stage. Venezuelan Gilmer Duran brings character and magnatism, Leoannis Pupo Guillen acts the role of the Nutcracker with style. Juan Carlos Amy-Cordero’s technical prowess is astonishing while long time principal dancer Jennifer Martin combines maturity with grace and technical acuity.” -EBC Artistic Director, Toni Pimble
As has become the custom, local dance students will have the thrill of a lifetime as they perform onstage with the Eugene Ballet Company. Roles to be danced by the children include mice, angels, party children, flowers, and ladybugs. Students were selected by audition and have been actively rehearsing under the guidance off Rayni Capps. “Involvement of local dance students is something that we have always encouraged,” according to Toni Pimble, the company’s artistic director. “Their experiences with a professional ballet company will be something they will remember for years to come, giving them inspiration beyond their dance studies.”
Performances will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on December 12 and 13, at the CSI Fine Arts Auditorium. There are still about 400 tickets available for each night. Tickets, which are $25 for adults and $18 for children high school and under, can be purchased at the CSI Fine Arts Box Office from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays, online at http://tickets.csi.edu, or by calling 732-6288.