At Hamilton Place, Hamilton welcomes 4 stars of Ballet Nacional de Cuba; all named among the best 100 dancers of the 2010-2011 season by the prestigious Dance Europe magazine. They will appear with 53 other members of the National Ballet of Cuba, local children and special guests, Veronica Tennant and Toller Cranston.
This year’s Nutcracker Ballet is inspired by the classic fairytale enchantingly revitalized in a storybook by Veronica Tennant and Toller Cranston. Graced with a highly-prized appearance by Veronica Tennant, this year’s The Nutcracker Ballet is a dazzling spectacle of stunning costumes, impressive special effects and fantastical scenery all serving to showcase the internationally acclaimed talents of the Nacional Ballet of Cuba with rising young Hamilton stars from the Canadian Ballet Youth Ensemble.
The Nutcracker Festival 2011 sparkles with distinction:
* Celebrate opening night at a reception with guests Veronica Tennant and Toller Cranston Dec 9th
* Engage in “Ballet Talk” with Gary Smith, Theatre and Dance Critic, The Hamilton Spectator
* Indulge in The Chocolate Dream, a blissful brunch and silky dessert paradise Dec 10th
* Shop in an exclusive and unique marketplace, The Sugar Plum Fair Dec 9-10 for Nutcracker patrons
**The Artcracker, Nov. 11 to Dec. 11 Free exhibition of the vibrant and transcendent artwork of Hamilton-born Toller Cranston at the Sheraton Hamilton Hotel. Free Admission
The Mixcracker on December 6th at Hamilton Place is an evening of six performances by the Ballet Nacional de Cuba. Six performances intertwine contemporary dance with traditional ballet, underlining the often joyful and humourous, sometimes exotic and complex but, always unique, dance dialect of Cuba. Evening event – to check time
Dec 9th – 7:30pm
Dec 10th – 2:00pm and 7:30pm