Arts Ballet Theatre¹s Nutcracker is back! Recharged production with new faces on stage!

Dec 11 - 20, 2015

The Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida, one of the most applauded ballet companies in South Florida, continues their successful 2015-2016 season with the presentation of the classic Christmas Ballet most anticipated by the whole family, “The Nutcracker”, performing in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale under the direction of the Master Vladimir Issaev.

“The Nutcracker” ballet, the most popular holiday treat of all, tells the story of Clara, who on Christmas Eve decides to make a journey at the hand of her beloved Nutcracker, who comes to life and battles with the evil Mouse King, and helps Clara reach the land of the Sweets.


Originally, it all started in Russia when Ivan Vsevolozhky, who was director of the Imperial Theatres, commissioned “The Nutcracker” to Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, composer of successful ballets like Sleeping Beauty and the Queen of Spades (Píkovaya dama). Marius Petipa, responsible for the original choreography and then Director of Ballet of St. Petersburg, made the stage dramatization of the original story of Ernest Hoffman.

However, it wasn’t until a year later that this piece came to be released, and the Petipa choreography could not be finished because she fell ill. The Nutcracker world premiere was on December 18, 1892, at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, and it wasn’t until 1934 that it was given performances outside of Russia.

The reboot on stage of ABT of Fl

This staging features original choreography by Master Issaev, while maintaining the traditional lines of the Russian ballet. Through the years Issaev also managed a ballet group that is headed today by Miami’s prima ballerina, Venezuelan Mary Carmen Catoya who, this year, will dance the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy for Issaev!

Ms. Catoya, who joined the company in August 2015, has brought the best experience of her dancing to the Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida which, this December, celebrates 18 years of forming new generations of ballet lovers in South Florida.

Mary Carmen Catoya will alternate the role of the Sugarplum Fairy with the leading players Lillian Hill, Hinano Eto and Aya Baba and their princes, Hernan Montenegro and Ramil Bagmanov, who will perform at both the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center and the Parker Playhouse in Ft. Lauderdale.

On December 18th, the traditional Nutcracker Gala will be held at the Parker Playhouse in Ft. Lauderdale to benefit the non-profit company, where VIP guests that attend can enjoy a Pre Show reception where wines from the Alanis and Joaquin Rebolledo cellars will be offered, accompanied by sparkling of Fragamoura. Guests will also be meeting the dancers, and will have the opportunity to participate in a Silent Auction, with prizes that range from a trip to the Bahamas, to fine jewelry, sports memorabilia and holiday baskets.

Friday, December 11 at 7pm
Saturday, December 12 at 7pm
Sunday, December 13 at 3pm
Aventura Arts & Cultural Center
3385 NE 188th Street Aventura, FL 33180
Tickets: $40.00
Toll-free 877.311.7469

Friday, December 18 at 7pm (*Gala)
Saturday, December 19, at 7pm
Sunday, December 20 at 3pm
Parker Playhouse
707 NE 8th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Tickets: $125.00* – $40.00 to $15.00

Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida
Ph: 305.948.4777


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