This is the only ‘Nutcracker’ Fort Worth audiences will see in 2020

One holiday tradition that COVID-19 stole like a grin is the beloved ballet The Nutcracker. The Texas Ballet Theater canceled all 2020 performances of its annual production – the largest in Dallas-Fort Worth – months ago, and smaller groups are struggling to safely present the lavish production for both the cast and audience.

A Fort Worth ballet company thinks it has just the thing. Ballet Frontier, the only professional company to bring The Nutcracker to the Fort Worth stage this season, presents The Nutcracker: Kingdom of Sweets, an abbreviated version of The Nutcracker to enable social distancing on and offstage.

The performances also include other Ballet Frontier fan favorites, such as White Swan Pas de Deux and Butterfly Lovers, according to a publication.

They will be presented four times on the first weekend in December: December 4th at 7.30pm, December 5th at 2pm, December 5th at 7.30pm and December 6th at 2pm in the Will Rogers Auditorium.

“With the precautions of COVID-19, The Nutcracker: Kingdom of Sweets is the safest and best way to celebrate the arts, holidays and magic of The Nutcracker,” said a company press release. These precautions include temperature checks, face covering, and social distancing requirements for the audience and dancers at every performance.

Each performance includes the “Snow Scene” and act two of The Nutcracker, followed by an additional piece that isn’t made by Nutcrackers. The company says this could be Le Corsaire Pas de Deux, which debuted at an outdoor performance in Dallas in September; Moldova by Ballet Frontier, Artistic Director Chung-Lin Tseng; White Swan Pas de Deux with live music by the concertmaster of the Fort Worth Symphony and first violinist Swang Lin; Come together and oh darling! with music by The Beatles, Butterfly Lovers and Andante & Finale, choreographed by Tseng.

“We decided to include additional performances by audience favorites to give our dancers the opportunity to perform more and to give the audience an insight into what else ballet companies have to offer,” says Enrica Tseng, artistic advisor at the Press release. “COVID-19 has placed the performing arts industry in a dire straits and we want these performances to bring hope to audiences during these troubled times or just an opportunity to forget about all the bad and just enjoy something beautiful.”

Ballet Frontier’s season will then resume in spring. The legendary Swan Lake will be presented on Valentine’s Day weekend from February 13-14, 2021 and La Sylphide from April 10-11, 2021.

Tickets for The Nutcracker: Kingdom of Sweets cost between $ 35 and $ 45 and are available now at balletfrontier.org.

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