Season 19





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John Bishop, founder and artistic director of Northwest Ballet Theater reports his Nutcracker is like the original version based on the Russian ballet where it was first performed in St. Petersburg in 1892. Northwest Ballet’s production features backdrops painted in Russia as well as costumes made in New York City.

Lyrical and enchanting, mesmerizing and magical, The Nutcracker has become a holiday tradition. Marius Petipa, chief master of the Russian Imperial Ballet, commissioned Russian composer Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky to write the music to Alexandre Dumas’ happier version of a somewhat dark and scary fairytale originally written by E.T.A. Hoffman. Originally produced in 1892, it wasn’t until 1934 that The Nutcracker was performed outside of Russia. It was performed first in England, and then at the San Francisco Ballet in 1944. George Balanchine choreographed and premiered his version in 1954 with the New York City Ballet.

Celtic Legends

The excitement of Irish music and dancing will fill the air as Northwest Ballet Theater presents ‘Celtic Legends’ on Saturday March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day). With the influence of Irish Step Dance and music from the wildly popular ‘River Dance’, there will be a balletic twist to the choreography that varies from upbeat and dynamic to free flowing and lyrical. When music and the artists of NBT are put together like this you can expect entertainment of the highest degree.


NBT will be performing this most loved ballet for the third time in its 19 year history. This ballet offers something special for all ages and tastes. Prokovief’s enchanting score with exciting new choreography by Artistic Director John Bishop will take you on delightful jou

Formed in 1999 by Artistic Director John Bishop,  Northwest Ballet Theater has established itself as one of Washington’s leading ballet troupes by building a regional reputation for delivering performances of outstanding quality and depth.


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