Nutcracker Ballet in the Land of Enchantment Returns to Albuquerque Journal Theatre Stage in December
Albuquerque NM (11/19/18)-- The Nutcracker Ballet in the Land of Enchantment will again be performed on the National Hispanic Cultural Center's (NHCC) Albuquerque Journal Theatre stage this holiday season, December 14-16, 2018. Last year's production, presented by Festival Ballet Albuquerque and the NHCC, with choreography by Patricia Dickinson Wells and full live orchestra under the baton of Maestro Guillermo Figueroa, sold out. Performances are at 7 PM on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with 2 PM matinees on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $14 through $47, with $2 discounts for seniors, children, and NHCC members, and are available from the NHCC Box Office, at (505) 724-4771, or at www.nhccnm.org .
 
The Nutcracker Ballet in the Land of Enchantment transports the beloved holiday classic to territorial New Mexico in the late 1800s, with added elements of the state's heritage and traditions including Spanish dancers, southwestern snakes, sheep and shepherdesses, a lively fandango, a storyteller doll with children, and lavish Victorian-era western costumes.
 
Now in its eighth year at the NHCC, the production showcases New Mexico heritage and traditions while maintaining the classical grace and family appeal of its origins. The live orchestra brings the production to life; Maestro Guillermo Figueroa, the former music director of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, is an internationally renowned conductor and violinist and a 2012 Latin Grammy nominee.
 
D.S. Crafts previously wrote in the Albuquerque Journal: " The Nutcracker in the Land of Enchantment, which opened Friday night at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, works splendidly. Far from distorting the story to fit the idea of the director, this production breathes fresh life into an often-overdone classic. Choreographer Patricia Dickinson Wells has added just enough local color to create a spectacular staging of a beloved classic."
 
For interviews and more information about The Nutcracker in the Land of Enchantment, please contact Patricia Dickinson Wells at contact@festivalballetabq.org or (505) 440-6330.

The  National Hispanic Cultural Center is dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and advancement of Hispanic culture, arts, and humanities, and is a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs.   

If you would like more information, contact Kinsey Cooper, marketing and public relations office, NHCC, at 505-377-8968 or kinsey.cooper@state.nm.us .