A filmed version of the holiday classic, Nutcracker: a Gift from Ballet Memphis, premiers this Friday December 11th at 8pm on WKNO and WKNO2
In response to the pandemic that has shuttered theaters and limited large gatherings, Ballet Memphis is stepping into the moment to ensure that the joy and magic of the holiday season continues in homes across the region.
Nutcracker: A Gift From Ballet Memphis presented by Gerber Taylor
Ballet Memphis has created a completely new film version of the classic story ballet that promises a new experience to delight this holiday season. Filmed at the historic Mallory-Neely House and the Ballet Memphis studio, this version will feature the original music of Tchaikovsky and the entire Ballet Memphis professional company.
“This is so much more than just broadcasting a stage performance,” said Ballet Memphis President and CEO Gretchen Wollert McLennon. “We are creating an immersive cinematic experience. Nutcracker is magical, it’s tradition, it’s joy, it’s family. Our whole team is committed to giving this gift to everyone in Memphis and beyond.”
“We knew we wanted to make this happen,” said Artistic Director Steven McMahon. “Gretchen keeps telling us, ‘When nothing is certain, anything is possible’. We’ve really taken that to heart and our dancers are excited to give back to our city that has always supported us. This is what ballet is, this is why we do what we do.”
Ballet Memphis has partnered with WKNO to broadcast the premier performance on Friday, December 11th on WKNO and WKNO2 at 8pm and re-broadcast as part of their Christmas programming. After the premier, the performance will be available through community partners while Ballet Memphis will broadcast through digital channels to be enjoyed by families throughout the mid-south and beyond.
A Season of Safety
COVID -19 has impacted all of us. For Ballet Memphis, it has affected the way we are able to bring the art of dance to our audiences. Ballet Memphis is committed to the health and safety of our dancers, staff, and patrons, so while our work is continuing we have altered our operations and implemented policies and procedures to create a safe environment.
While rehearsing and filming Nutcracker: A Gift from Ballet Memphis our dancers and staff, along with the VIA Production team followed strict health policies. Everyone involved with the production was tested for the virus multiple times, observed mask and social distance guidelines, and had daily temperature checks. Our dancers removed their masks only when filming was actively in progress.
We are happy to report that throughout the rehearsal and filming of Nutcracker, no dancers or production team members were affected by COVID-19.
For complete viewing listings and more information, visit The Nutcracker at BalletMemphis.org.