Dances Patrelle presents the 18th annual production of The Yorkville Nutcracker from Decem-ber 5-8, 2013 at The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, E. 68th Street between Park and Lexing-ton Avenues, NYC. Performances: Thursday – Friday at 7pm; Saturday at 2pm and 7pm; and Sunday at noon and 5pm. Tickets are $45-85 and are available online at http://www.dancespatrelle.org
, by phone at 212-772-4448, or in person at The Kaye Playhouse Box Office.
The company presents the 18th annual production of choreographer Francis Patrelle’s unique rendition of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic The Nutcracker. Set in 1895, The Yorkville Nutcracker takes the audience on an action-packed tour of Olde New York’s most be-loved landmarks, including a holiday party at Gracie Mansion, dancing at the Crystal Palace in the New York Botanical Garden, and skating in Central Park. Lavish sets and costumes, en-chanting music and beautiful dancers from ages 5 to 65 complete this thrilling production, with New York City Ballet principals Jenifer Ringer and Jared Angle as the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier. Matthew Dibble, a soloist in Royal Ballet who performed on Broadway in Twyla Tharp’s Come Fly Away, will join the show as the Snow Boy.
“The Patrelle “Yorkville Nutcracker,” set in a bygone New York, appeals to the tourist in me: it’s so full of New York and American detail (even Theodore Roosevelt makes an appearance) that I wanted to watch it again to notice more of what it tells of local history.”
– Alastair Macaulay, The New York Times
“Dances Patrelle’s ‘Yorkville Nutcracker’ can celebrate its enduring appeal
and its unique gift to children.” – Eye on Dance
“A Christmas Card to New York.” – Haglund’s Heel
Dances Patrelle (dP) is a dynamic professional ballet company embarking on its 25th season! dP presents two annual seasons in New York -- the timeless holiday tradition, The Yorkville Nut-cracker, and a spring repertory season, featuring world premieres and classic Patrelle favorites. Mr. Patrelle’s body of work includes over 50 original ballets choreographed for Dances Patrelle, and spans an incredibly wide range of styles, from his beloved American Songbook collection, to such contemporary classics as Romeo and Juliet, Madame X, Macbeth and Rhapsody in Blue. Heralded by Lynn Garafola in Dance Magazine as a choreographer with “a personal vi-sion…classical because it is rooted in metaphor and symbolic language [and] populist because of its legibility and broad cultural resonance,” Patrelle has also cultivated a long-time collaboration with composer Patrick Soluri, commissioning four original scores including 2009's Murder at the Masque for dP's 20th Anniversary celebration. Known for attracting the great talent of each generation, Dances Patrelle is pleased to count ballet stars Marcelo Gomes, Maria Riccetto, Don-ald Williams, Lourdes Lopez, Jock Soto, Merrill Ashley and prima ballerina Cynthia Gregory among its past and present dancers. For over 20 seasons, Dances Patrelle has tapped into the human experience, connecting intimately with the audience and continuously reinventing dra-matic dance. In 2013, the company was named the resident ballet company of the Kaatsbaan In-ternational Dance Center.
“In Francis Patrelle’s ballets, the characters come alive. His choreography is full of heart and soul.” – Cynthia Gregory, Prima Ballerina
For more information, visit http://www.dancespatrelle.org