(Toronto) The Toronto-based National Ballet of Canada has found a new way for Canadians to enjoy the holiday classic The Nutcracker amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The troupe has entered into an agreement with the Cineplex chain of cinemas to project the performance on the big screens of 50 theaters across the country.
It will also be possible to enjoy the performance of the artists at home thanks to the digital rental of this ballet on the Cineplex store, at a cost of $ 29.99, starting December 4.
This version of The Nutcracker was filmed in 2008 at the Four Seasons Center for the Performing Arts in Toronto. It starred star dancers Sonia Rodriguez and Piotr Stanczyk. High school students from the Queen City and some 20 young singers from the Toronto choir VIVA! had participated in one of the famous scenes of the play.
Over the summer, the National Ballet of Canada announced the cancellation of its November and December stage performances, due to measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, including the Nutcracker.
On October 16, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal also announced the cancellation of the indoor performances of the 57e Edition of The Nutcracker, scheduled for December.
“The current health situation makes it difficult to hold the show at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, while more than 150 artists, artisans and technicians are working behind the scenes of the production,” it says on its website.
The company has also reached an agreement so that this classic of the Nutcracker ballet will be presented on ICI TÉLÉ on December 18 and on ICI ARTV on December 28.
“Les Grands Ballets are happy to be able to bring the magic of this holiday classic to everyone in this time of pandemic, with the full capture of the show produced in 2016,” he said.