Next Wednesday, 12/19, marks the 2,000th performance of George Balanchine’s Nutcracker at NYCB. In celebration, they will have a multiple cast of principals dance the three main roles.
Dancing Sugarplum are: Wendy Whelan, Maria Kowroski, Darci Kistler, Abi Stafford, and Yvonne Bourree.
Dancing Cavalier: Jared Angle, Charles Askegard, Gonzalo Garcia, Stephen Hanna, Benjamin Millepied, Philip Neal, and Damian Woetzel.
Dancing Dewdrop: Ashley Bouder, Sterling Hyltin, and Sara Mearns.
Whoa — that’s a lot of dancers dividing up one small part apiece! Look at all those cavaliers! I’m not sure how exactly they’re going to do this, but I’m deeply intrigued. Not sure if I’ll be able to attend, but I’d definitely love to hear from those who do (Philip!)
Also, as Philip has posted, on January 7th the company is airing the new documentary about the life of beloved (now retired) NYCB principal, Jock Soto. This I definitely plan to attend, as the film will eventually air on PBS; something that everyone can access makes me very happy 🙂 Go here for more info on both events.
(top photo of Maria Kowroski and Charles Askegard by Paul Kolnick)