Ballet West to once again grace the Kennedy Center stage

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. announced Ballet West will return for the 2018-19 Season to present seven performances of Willam Christensen’s iconic production of The Nutcracker, December 5-9. This will be the Company’s eight visit to the Kennedy Center, and its fourth under Artistic Director Adam Sklute. It will also be the first time for East Coast audiences to see The Nutcracker after a 2-year, $3 million renovation with new sets, costumes, and special effects, which dazzled Salt Lake audiences last year. The generosity of the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation underwrote this new production and is partially underwriting this tour. 

“I am so proud to return to the Kennedy Center once again with Mr. C’s Nutcracker,” said Sklute. “As one of Utah’s top legacy arts organizations, it is our honor to represent our state on the nation’s stage.” First produced in 1944, Christensen’s Nutcracker is recognized as the first full production of this timeless holiday classic and to date, the longest-running in America and possibly the world. It has been called one of the best versions of The Nutcracker in America by The New York Times.

Next season, Ballet West will join the world’s most prestigious ballet companies performing on the Kennedy Center stage, including: American Ballet Theatre, The New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Mariinsky Ballet, and Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures.

Ballet West’s The Nutcracker has repeatedly sold-out while touring the Kennedy Center. Patrons are encouraged to purchase tickets early by visiting the Kennedy Center’s website, or by calling (800) 444-1324.