Newly Choreographed Nutcracker Premieres at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music

Staff report

Bloomington, Indiana – November 29, 2023

The eagerly awaited rendition of “The Nutcracker” is set to grace the stage at Indiana University’s Jacobs Music School starting tomorrow, running through December 3. This year’s production unveils a fresh perspective, boasting revamped choreography by Sasha Janes and under the baton of conductor Jonathan McPhee.

McPhee, an accomplished conductor and composer, brings a wealth of experience to the production, having served as the Music Director for Boston Ballet for over 25 years. His extensive expertise includes leading the holiday classic across numerous dance companies and orchestras worldwide. Notably, McPhee crafted a popular “reduced” orchestration, lauded for its faithful rendition of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s timeless original composition.

Titled “The Nutcracker: Magic—The Next Level,” this revamped ballet promises a new and contemporary take on the beloved classic. Choreographer Sasha Janes, a faculty member at Jacobs, reimagines the narrative from the viewpoint of a curious young Marie. With guidance from her Aunt Drosselmeyer, Marie embarks on an enchanting journey fueled by the boundless power of imagination, inviting the audience to join her on an exhilarating adventure.

Despite the fresh interpretation, the production remains grounded in Tchaikovsky’s score, ensuring the familiar melodies and beloved compositions remain an integral part of the performance.

Audience members attending this year’s production should take note of sensory considerations. The performance will incorporate sudden loud noises, flashing lights, and atmospheric effects such as smoke and fog.

The 2023 performances of “The Nutcracker” at the Musical Arts Center are scheduled as follows:

  • November 30, December 1, 2 at 7:30 PM
  • December 2, 3 at 2 PM

Enthusiasts of the arts and ballet aficionados alike eagerly anticipate this new rendition of “The Nutcracker,” poised to captivate audiences with its innovative storytelling and timeless musical arrangements.

For further details and ticket information, please visit the Jacobs School of Music website.

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