The Nutcracker Ballet is synonymous with holiday entertainment, and there are several performances in Albuquerque, ranging from those with full orchestra to simpler events. Both Nutcracker on the Rocks and Nutcracker in the Land of Enchantment are known as New Mexico Nutcracker ballets. Find a Nutcracker performance to ring in the holidays, whether looking for the classic ballet performance, or something found only in New Mexico.
Updated for 2013.
New Mexico Ballet Company
The state's oldest ballet company, the New Mexico Ballet Company, will be accompanied by the New Mexico Philharmonic Orchestra
performing Tchaikovsky's music. For two weekends and five performances, this special show will dance across the stage at Popejoy Hall. Special guest dancers from the American Ballet Theatre and the New York City Ballet will also perform. Expect full costumes and sets, for a special holiday event. This year, the New Mexico Ballet Company presents a Sugar Plum Fairy Nutcracker Tea
on Saturday, November 30 at Hotel Albuquerque.When:
November 30, December 1, 7 and 8; 7 p.m. 11/30 and 12/7; 2 p.m. 12/1, 7 and 8.Where:
Prices start at $9 for children and $11 for adults.
Keshet Dance Company
The Keshet Dance Company's Nutcracker on the Rocks defies expectations. Every level of dancer performs, from professional ballerina to wheelchair bound dancer. Music is classic rock and roll rather than classical. Much of the cast is children. Nutcracker on the Rocks is an Albuquerque classic, a one of a kind original that is not to be missed.When:
December 6 - 8; 7:30 p.m. on 12/6 and 12/7; 2 p.m. on 12/7 and 12/8; 6 p.m. on 12/8.Where:
National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th SWCost:
$26 - $34; $2 discount for students and seniors.
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
The production highlights dancers, actors, circus artists and students in a show that is a Santa Fe tradition. Presented by the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet at the Lensic Theater, the production features more than 60 dancers. When:
2 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. December 21; 1 p.m. or 5 p.m. December 22Where:
Lensic, Santa FeCost:
$25 - $72
Ballet Repertory Theatre
The Ballet Repertory Theatre brings the classic tale of toy soldiers, dancing snowflakes the nutcracker and little Clara to life. The Ballet Repertory Theatre has performed the Nutcracker since 1996.When:
December 14 - 24, 7 p.m. on 12/14, 12/21, 12/23; 2 p.m. on 12/15, 12/21, 12/22; 1 p.m. on 12/24Where:
KiMo Theater, 423 Central NWCost:
$7 - $27.
Additional ticket charges for the Christmas Eve performance includes attendance to a Nutcracker Tea following the performance. Meet your favorite Nutcracker characters and taste treats from the Land of Sweets.
Festival Ballet Albuquerque
This Nutcracker is performed Performed by the Festival Ballet Albuquerque, accompanied by music of the Figueroa Project. The traditions and heritage of New Mexico are paired with the classical tale of the holidays. Choreographed by Patricia Dickinson Wells, the performance features an all ages cast from 8 year old mice to over 70 year old parents in the first act. Tickets can be purchased at Dance Theatre Southwest (296-9465) or the NHCC (724-4771); call for box office times.When:
December 20 - 22; Friday - Sunday at 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.Where:
Journal Theatre, National Hispanic Cultural CenterCost:
$14 - $47
The Moscow Ballet
has toured across America for 20 years. See the company of 40 Vaganova-trained dancers this holiday season as they perform the classic holiday dance for one show only. For 2013, see the exclusive Dove of Peace, with a 20 foot wingspan. This is an all ages event.When:
December 11 at 7:30 p.m.; doors open 6 p.m.Where:
Kiva Auditorium, 401 2nd Street NWCost:
$28 - $69.50