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There are things that identify what it means to be part of the real Miami; sad to say, I’ve never done any of these: the Youth Fair, Santa’s Enchanted Forest, a quinceañera, or The Nutcracker. Blasphemous perhaps, but my deprivation is about to end.
Miami cherishes the annual performance of Miami City Ballet’s version of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, the beloved holiday classic that they have made ours. Imagine this: the Arsht, draped in holiday cheer, a stage for The Nutcracker’s magic. Ballerinas, like sugar plum fairies, twirl amidst the anticipation, turning the theater into a Land of Miami Sweets. It’s a cultural candy cane for the soul.
The Miami City Ballet version of this classic, featuring more than 100 dancers and a live orchestra performing Tchaikovsky’s iconic melodies, is a delightful mix of tradition and innovation, reflecting who we are. Every year, the Arsht Center invites the community to enjoy The Nutcracker, fusing classical ballet and Miami culture. The result showcases the talent of local dancers and brings a fresh perspective to the timeless story. The interpretation and performance of this classic has made it a staple in our cultural scene. Its storyline and Tchaikovsky’s music are well known, but this Miami City Ballet version is ours. Just check out their great ad campaign on Facebook.
Christmas at the Arsht is a hub for holiday festivities, with pre-show events and family activities. From photos to workshops, the center transforms into a magical wonderland during the holiday season with gorgeous holiday decorations that adorn the venue, creating a Rockefeller Center without ice skating.
Miami’s love for The Nutcracker goes beyond the stage. It’s a conversation starter, a topic as hot as summer weather, discussed at ventanitas and on the beach. The excitement is contagious – imagine the Mouse King trading in his scepter for a cortadito, or Santa practicing his grand jeté before his midnight ride.
The history of The Nutcracker at the Arsht Center in Miami is a testament to the power of the arts in fostering a sense of unity and tradition within a community. Each year, as the curtains rise, and the first notes of Tchaikovsky’s score fill the air, it’s a reminder that some stories are timeless, and the magic of the holiday season lives on in the hearts of those who attend this enchanting performance.
If you’re looking to join in the tradition of The Nutcracker at the Arsht Center in Miami in 2023, you’re in luck! The performance dates for this year’s production are as follows:
- Opening Night: Friday, December 15
- Evening Performances: December 15-17, 20-23
- Matinee Performances: December 16-17, 23-24
- Kravis Center December 28-30
- Broward Center December 8-10
So, if you find yourself in Miami during the upcoming Nutcracker performances at the Arsht Center, who knows? You might just spot the Sugar Plum Fairy enjoying an empanada, the Nutcracker himself taking a quick salsa lesson before the curtain rises, and me smiling happily.