‘Nutcracker’ sweet

Following two sold-out shows at  Wainwright House in Rye, Carole Alexis Company/Ballet des Amériques has embarked on another collaboration with the historic, sociocultural site. The two are hosting performances of “The Nutcracker: Drosselmeyer’s Workshop” through Dec. 30 that will take advantage of the mansion setting as they spin the iconic 19th-century tale of a bewitched Nutcracker Prince transformed by a little girl’s love. 

This production is an extension of Alexis’ Dancing Caravan Project – a  Ballet des Amériques tour adapted to the circumstances presented by Covid-19. At a time when the doors of most performing arts institutions and theaters remain shuttered, Alexis’ company is moving forward with live performances in safe, unusual settings. 

Like all performing arts institutions, Ballet des Amériques was struck severely by the pandemic. The company had been basking in the glow of success from a sold-out tour of Fort-de-France, Martinique and preparing for its New York City premiere at Symphony Space when the lockdown came. Yet, it has become the challenge of dance institutions to adapt to the crisis and find new, innovative ways of reaching audiences. Carole Alexis Company/Ballet des Amériques has stepped up to that challenge by embarking on a tour throughout the New York City area and, ultimately, the nation and the world. 

In compliance with Covid-19 guidelines, attendance is limited, so reserve tickets in advance at https://www.wainwright.org/all-upcoming.

Georgette Gouveia

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