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City Ballet's Award-Winning "Nutcracker" Returns to Spreckels Theatre for Two Weekends

(SAN DIEGO) Voted "San Diego's Best Nutcracker" (Tommy Dance Award), and described by the San Diego Union-Tribune as "a plum of a Nutcracker," City Ballet's 15th annual "Nutcracker" returns to the beautiful Spreckels Theatre in downtown San Diego for eight performances, with live musical accompaniment.

Directors Steven and Elizabeth Wistrich, formerly of the Boston Ballet and Stuttgart Ballet, have created a lavish production with their company of professional dancers. Fashioned after the choreography of the great Russian master, Lev Ivanov, who created the very first "Nutcracker" more than 100 years ago, the production is dazzling, with virtuoso dancing complemented by opulent sets and costumes by David Heuvel. Children's roles are performed by talented young dancers from the City Ballet School, the official school of City Ballet. The City Ballet Orchestra, under the baton of John Nettles, performs Tchaikovsky's brilliant score.

Heralded as "a top-tier dance company" and "an oasis of classical dance in a city otherwise too often a desert," City Ballet is San Diego's world-class professional ballet company, now celebrating its seventeenth season. The company produces classic and contemporary ballet programs that critics rave as "polished, eye-catching and delightful," and "highly entertaining and professional." International dance critic Sheila Orysiek wrote in 2006, "San Diego finally has a classical ballet company that is worthy of the name." City Ballet performances have been chosen for the Top Ten Dance Events of the Year by the San Diego Union-Tribune's arts staff for the past four years.

Performances are Friday, December 11 at 7:30pm; Saturday, December 12 at 2pm and 7:30pm; Sunday, December 13 at 2pm; Friday, December 18 at 7:30pm; Saturday, December 19 at 2pm and 7:30pm; and Sunday, December 20 at 2pm.