Ballet Theater Company: The Nutcracker
Dattellas’ fresh version of The Nutcracker follows the familiar holiday storyline with many twists and turns along the way that will enchant first-time viewers and seasoned audience members alike. From dancing dolls that pay homage to West Hartford history, to a battalion of break-dancing mice, and a menagerie of dancing sweets and treats, you’ll experience Clara’s magical journey like never before!
While The Nutcracker is a beloved holiday tradition for many families, the Second Act historically features racist interpretations of Chinese, Middle Eastern, and Russian cultures through dance and costume. For BTC’s 2022 performance of The Nutcracker, Artistic Director Stephanie Dattellas staged a fully reimagined Second Act, transforming Clara’s journey through an exciting landscapre of sweets and treats and leaving oudated, Victorian-era representations of world cultures. Lead Costume Designer Pat Nurnberger brought this modern refresh to life with over 70 new hand-sewn costumes in enchanging styles and colors. This revitalized Second Act delighted audiences in its debut, and BTC is thrilled to share it with new and returning audience members for years to come!