Once again, Americas Ballet presented a SOLD OUT Nutcracker at The University of South Florida’s Theater on Sunday, December 13, 2015. Every year our performances delights hundreds of spectators with our students in a unique display of artistry and professionalism.
Tampa City Ballet (TCB), under the artistic direction of Paula Nuñez, is a not for profit (501c3) organization that explores and creates unique works of art using the mediums of ballet and modern dance. This mission is accomplished through education and collaboration with local organizations working together with TCB to inspire and engage audiences in the Arts.
The Nutcracker is a two-act ballet, originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with a score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The libretto is adapted from E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. It was given its première at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg on Sunday, December 18, 1892, on a double-bill with Tchaikovsky’s opera, Iolanta.
Although the original production was not a success, the twenty-minute suite that Tchaikovsky extracted from the ballet was. However, the complete Nutcracker has enjoyed enormous popularity since the late 1960s and is now performed by countless ballet companies, primarily during the Christmas season, especially in the U.S.