The new season of the Northwest Florida Ballet begins Sept. 30 with World Ballet Stars. Also included this season are a free outdoor performance of Giselle; the full-length production of The Nutcracker with live music by the NFB Symphony Orchestra; Lightwire Theater’s A Very Electric Christmas; and Peter Pan with live music by the NFB Symphony Orchestra. To purchase tickets, visit nfballet.org.
World Ballet Stars
"World Ballet Stars" features some of the world’s best classical ballet dancers performing both classical and contemporary works at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. Tickets are $35/adults and $15/children.
This is an opportunity to see principal dancers from the New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Pennsylvania Ballet and Washington Ballet performing ballets by master choreographers all in one action-packed performance. After the production, guests will have the chance to mix and mingle with the artists during a VIP reception. VIP reception tickets are $25 per person.
One of the oldest continually performed ballets dating back to Paris in 1841, "Giselle" will be presented at 7 p.m. Oct. 14 at Grand Park at Sandestin’s Grand Boulevard in Miramar Beach. Event is free. "Giselle" is presented as part of Grand Boulevard’s Coastal Culture series, made possible by the Grand Boulevard Arts & Entertainment Program.
Staged by Marius Petipa, "Giselle" tells the story of a peasant girl who dies of a broken heart after discovering Albrecht, her lover, is betrothed to another. The Wilis, a group of supernatural women who dance men to death, summon Giselle from her grave. They target her lover for death, but Giselle’s great love frees him from their grasp. Led by Myrtha, the Queen of the Wilis, they gain their power in numbers as they effortlessly move through dramatic patterns and synchronized movements, and control the stage with their long tulle dresses and stoic expressions. Giselle finds forgiveness in her heart for Albrecht, but she knows the Wilis will not do the same.
Based on E.T.A. Hoffman’s “The Nutcracker and the King of Mice,” NFB produces the only full-length production with professional dancers of the classic holiday ballet in the area. The performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 and 18 and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. Tickets are $38/adults and $18/children 12 and under. VIP reception tickets are $25 per person.
In its 38th year, "The Nutcracker" is set in a small German town in 1835 to the music of Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky with choreography by celebrated Artistic Director Todd Eric Allen. All public performances will feature live music performed by the Northwest Florida Ballet Symphony Orchestra led by David Ott.
Lightwire Theater: A Very Electric Christmas
Lightwire Theater’s A Very Electric Christmas will take place at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 23 at Destin United Methodist Church’s Life Center. Lightwire Theater, a former finalist on America’s Got Talent, will thrill audiences of all ages with this magical and captivating tale of family, friendship and hope set to timeless holiday hits including Nat King Cole, Mariah Carey and Tchaikovsky. Tickets are $35/adults and $15/children 12 and under.
In this story, Santa’s helpers are putting the final touches on presents as a young bird named Max and his family head south for the winter. When Max gets blown off course during a snowstorm, he ends up alone and lost at the North Pole. As he tries to make his way home, his adventure begins when he encounters friendly caroling worms, dancing poinsettias, Nutcracker soldiers, mischievous mice and more.
For the final main stage production of the 2017-2018 season, "Peter Pan" features world premiere choreography by international guest artist Katia Garza and an original composition by NFB Music Director David Ott played live by the NFB Symphony Orchestra. "Peter Pan" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. March 3 and 2:30 p.m. March 4 on the main stage of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. Tickets are $38/adults and $18/children 12 and under. VIP reception tickets are $25 per person.
Complete with magical sets and mesmerizing costumes, join NFB’s cast of international guest artists and company members, and let your imagination take flight on a spectacular journey to Neverland. Peter Pan, the mischievous boy who never wants to grow up, takes Wendy and her two brothers on a fantastic adventure along with the sassy fairy Tinker Bell and the frightful Captain Hook.