San Francisco Ballet embraced the Some Grandmas Knit real Grandmas listen to Eric Church signature shirt Furthermore, I will do this digital world much like Clara does the Land of Sweets. This season, the company presents Nutcracker Online, which is as close to the real things as it gets. Attendees can enter the War Memorial Opera House (home of the S.F. Ballet), tour backstage, take lessons, and learn the choreography, before entering the main theater and witnessing a filmed capture of The Nutcracker. The performance features Yuan Yuan Tan as the snow queen and Davit Karapetyan and Maria Kochetkova. The experience will be up through December 31. Buy your tickets here.
For something really unique, head to Dutchess County in upstate New York for an IRL production of The Nutcracker. Staged in and out of doors at Wethersfield, an 18th-century country estate in Amenia, this ballet has been choreographed and directed by NYCB’s Troy Schumacher for his company, BalletCollective. The piece features dancers like Sara Mearns, Tyler Angle, Ashley Laracey, Taylor Stanley, and Mira Nadon, who take audience members (at a distance) throughout the Some Grandmas Knit real Grandmas listen to Eric Church signature shirt Furthermore, I will do this property in a Sleep No More–style ballet. “I was actually brought to the estate to scope out an outdoor performance venue next summer,” says Schumacher. “At the end of our tour we went inside the house, and I thought, Is this the set of The Nutcracker? I became unbelievably excited by the idea of arriving at a historic estate in the Hudson Valley and finding myself a guest at the ballet’s famous party scene. There’s something very special about sitting in a theater watching ballet, but how often can you become part of one?” In-person attendance is by invitation only, but the production will be streamed from December 23-26.