- $25 to see Ballet Jorgen present The Nutcracker ($46.91 value)
- When: Thursday, December 12, at 7:30 p.m.
- Where: Brockville Arts Centre
- Seating: reserved
- Door time: 6:30 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Click here to view the seating chart.
Based on a novel by 19th-century romantic fabulist E.T.A. Hoffman, The Nutcracker weaves a magical tale of holiday adventure around one of the most recognizable scores in the ballet repertoire. It begins when young Clara receives a nutcracker from her godfather, a wizardly toymaker named Drosselmeyer. Sneaking downstairs to see the toy after everyone else has gone to bed, she suddenly finds herself caught in the middle of a pitched battle between the toys and an army of mice. After saving the nutcracker with a well-thrown shoe to the Mouse King's head, Clara and her now-living prince venture into the Land of Snow and the Land of Sweets to celebrate. Throughout their adventures, Tchaikovsky's dazzling inventiveness propels the dances of nimble flowers and regal fairy queens. The "Waltz of the Snowflakes" floats weightlessly above the angelic voices of a youth choir, whereas the "Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy" tiptoes to the haunting, music-box chimes of a celesta. A medley of exotic national dances—including a Spanish bolero and Russian Trepak—add to the phantasmagoric celebration before the whole dream ends, as all dreams must.
At Ballet Jorgen, acclaimed choreographer and artistic director Bengt Jorgen sets Klara's familiar dream journey in a uniquely Canadian landscape. A collaboration with the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the performance features 30-foot backdrops inspired by 20th-century landscape paintings, such as Tom Thompson's Snow in the Woods (1916). These background displays of balletic mastery by soloists and duos, as well as large-scale set pieces that fill the stage with more than 100 luminous costumes. A graduate of the Royal Swedish Ballet School and the National Ballet School of Canada, Jorgen has created more than 30 ballets for companies including The Royal Winnepeg Ballet, the American Ballet Studio Company, the Canadian Opera Company, Opera Hamilton, and the Hong Kong Ballet, as well as the National Ballet of Canada, where he was a member from 1982–85.
Brockville Arts Centre
When it first opened in 1858, the building that stood on the Brockville Arts Centre's current location operated as a town hall, marketplace, and fire-engine house, making it the first-ever Swiss Army building. Only two bricks remain from that original structure, as the intervening 150 years saw numerous expansions and reconstructions, as well as a 1937 fire that destroyed the auditorium. From the ashes rose a motion-picture house called The Regent, which succumbed to the popularity of television 20 years later. In its place today stands an expansive centre for the local arts, thanks to a community-driven $2 million restoration. The Centre welcomes concerts, musicals, and comedians with the glow of its chandeliers, and though the movie theatre has long since closed, its 35-millimetre projectors remain, occasionally flickering to life for special screenings.