By Yasmin Jorge
Jenifer Ringer and Jared Angle, NYCB Principal dancers – Photo by Rosalie O’Connor
Dances Patrelle (dP) is a dynamic professional ballet company embarking on its 25th season. The troupe will present the 17th annual production of choreographer Francis Patrelle’s unique rendition of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s seasonal classic The Nutcracker this December. Set in 1895, Patrelle’s The Yorkville Nutcracker takes the audience on an action-packed tour of Olde New York’s most beloved landmarks, including a holiday party at Gracie Mansion, dancing at the Crystal Palace in the New York Botanical Garden, and skating in Central Park. Lavish sets and costumes, enchanting music and beautiful dancers from ages 5 to 65 complete this thrilling production, with New York City Ballet principals Jenifer Ringer and Jared Angle as the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier. In addition, Amaker Smith currently appearing in the hit TV show SMASH, and Therese Wendler, who most recently danced Aurora in Sleeping Beauty with the Connecticut Ballet, will portray the Snow King and Queen.
Performances of The Yorkville Nutcracker are scheduled December 6–9 at The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College (East 68th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues, NYC). Shows run Thursday and Friday at 7:00 p.m.; Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.; and Sunday at noon and 5:00 p.m.
Tickets are available at 212-772-4448 or in person at The Kaye Playhouse Box Office.
Patrelle’s body of work includes over 50 original ballets choreographed for Dances Patrelle and spans an incredibly wide range of styles, from his beloved American Songbook collection to such contemporary classics as Romeo and Juliet, Madame X, Macbeth and Rhapsody in Blue.
Known for attracting the great talent of each generation, Dances Patrelle counts ballet stars Marcelo Gomes, Maria Riccetto, Donald Williams, Lourdes Lopez, Jock Soto, Merrill Ashley, and prima ballerina Cynthia Gregory among its past and present dancers. For over 20 seasons, Dances Patrelle taps into the human experience, connects intimately with the audience, and continuously reinvents dramatic dance.
For more information, visit http://www.dancespatrelle.org.