Universal Ballet, under the general direction of Julia Moon and artistic direction of Oleg Vinogradov, returns to Los Angeles with four performances of its acclaimed production of "The Nutcracker," choreographed by Vasily Vainonen and staged by Oleg Vinogradov to the Tchaikovsky score. The set designs are by Simon Virsaladze and Simon Pastukh and the costumes designs are by Simon Virsaladze.
"The Nutcracker" is a magical treat — a holiday favorite for the entire family. Universal Ballet's "The Nutcracker" is from the original Mariinsky Theater version created by Vasily Vainonen in St. Petersburg in 1934.
The charm of the children on stage adds to the magic, captivating the audience and drawing them into the fairy world. Uncle Drosselmeyer weaves his delightful magic at the Christmas party, and again in the silence after midnight when everything becomes still. Little Clara awakens and finds herself in the midst of a battle waged by her beloved Nutcracker doll against the odious Mouse King and his minions who have all grown larger than life.