Menu 

Indiana Ballet Company Presents The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker is a timeless Christmas tradition for many families, and a dance tradition for nearly every dance company across the country. In Indianapolis alone there were at least five productions of The Nutcracker this year. The Indiana Ballet Company adds to this cannon this weekend with their Indianapolis arts production of The Nutcracker. Experience the magic one more time with the Indiana Ballet Company as they bring this timeless tale to life.

Herr Drosselmeier brings magic and mystery to the Stahlbaum’s Christmas Eve party. With gifts and tricks for everyone, he is the center of the party. When the young Masha falls in love with an ugly old nutcracker doll brought by Drosselmeier, he see true potential in her. Soon his magic and her love transform the nutcracker doll into a life sized hero, equipped to fight of Rat Kings and travel to far away lands.

The Indiana Ballet Company revives Vasily Vainonen’s choreography, the closest surviving version of the original choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov in 1892. Their work established The Nutcracker ballet as a standard for ballet for Kirov/ Maryinski and Bolshoi Ballets. Though United States audiences are largely unfamiliar with the choreography, it is the same that dancing legends Nureyev and Baryshnikov grew up on. In fact, it informed their own versions of The Nutcracker produced in the West.

Video: Alyona Yakovleva talks about the Indiana Ballet Company’s Nutcracker, Indianapolis, Indiana


This more adult version of The Nutcracker delves into the psychology of the child Masha as she transforms into her adult counterpart. Artistic Director of the Indiana Ballet Company, Alyona Yakovleva, brings this new form of dance to Indianapolis. She hopes to introduce the Hoosier Heartland to this benchmark of Russian repertoire through her staging. For more information about this production of The Nutcracker, visit the Indiana Ballet Company’s official website.

Stay tuned to Fun City Finder.com for all the latest on fun things to do in Indianapolis. Before or after this Indianapolis event, check out these great Indianapolis restaurants and Indianapolis bars. An evening out is never complete without something good to eat!

The Nutcracker
December 11 and 12

The Madame Walker Theatre
617 Indiana Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46202