Pacific Northwest Ballet today announced that it is planning to replace its Maurice Sendak/Kent Stowell “Nutcracker” in 2015 with a new production, marrying George Balanchine’s time-tested 1954 choreography to new sets and costumes by illustrator and stage designer Ian Falconer.
Some Northwesterners have built their holiday traditions around PNB’s “Nutcracker.” (Pore over the reader memories we collected last year.) They may be sad to see Sendak’s candy-colored sets and costumes shelved. Others will eagerly anticipate the new version, having seen Balanchine’s choreography on TV or at the movies — or on stage at New York City Ballet.
How about you? Are you ready for a change or happy with the tried and true? Vote in our “Nutcracker” poll to share your opinion.