The Arts Ballet Theater of Florida is offering an incredible opportunity to enjoy The Nutcracker Ballet, the legendary master piece based on the book called “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” written by E.T.A. Hoffman. In 1891, the renowned choreographer Marius Petipa commissioned Tchaikovsky to write the music for the Nutcracker Ballet. In 1892, the first showing of the Nutcracker took place at the Mariinsky Theatre of Russia, home of the Kirov Ballet What is seen on the stage today has changed much from the original story of a little girl named Marie in a loveless household fighting bloody battles against a mouse king with seven heads. When Marius Petipa had the idea to choreograph the story into a play, it was actually based on the book that had been revised by Alexander Dumas. His version reflects more of what we have come to love as the Nutcracker Ballet. The music of the Nutcracker Ballet was composed by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Born in the Ural Mountains of Russia, he dedicated his life to music. From 1850 to 1859, he attended the school of Jurisprudence and studied piano. In 1861, he attended classes with the Russian Music Society. In 1862, he entered the Saint Petersburg Conservatory. Beginning in 1866, Tchaikovsky taught at the Moscow Conservatory while composing many of his concertos and symphonies. In 1892, Tchaikovsky composed the Nutcracker. The Nutcracker made its way to Western Europe in the 1930’s and to America by 1940, performed by Ballet Russe. The first American full length Nutcracker was performed by the San Francisco Ballet, choreographed by W. Christensen. The Nutcracker has since become an annual Holiday tradition. The Nutcracker will be presented on December 17th at 7:00 pm and on December 18th, 2005 at 3:00 pm. North Miami Beach Performing Arts Theater 17011 NE 19 Avenue North Miami Beach, FL.
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Named for a mythical shape-shifting Japanese spirit, Japanese group enra combines martial arts, gymnastics, ballet, street dance and more with vivid digital art projections to create futuristic theatrical magic, riffing on Japanese pop culture and appealing to audiences worldwide. The key to enra’s artistry is the fusion of interactive digital technology with performance art. Blending the skills of dancers with backgrounds in … +
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FUNDarte’s NO BORDERS Series presents, Contemporary Dance from Brazil. Companhia Urbana de Dança tears up the stage with a high-energy fusion of hip-hop, samba, capoeira, and contemporary dance in boldly imaginative choreography by Brazilian choreographer Sonia Destri Lie. Alternately mesmerizing and rippling with adrenaline and raw energy, their works explore the cultural roots of Brazil and the gritty life stories of the … +