Miami City Ballet Presents a Whimsical New Take on New York City Ballet’s Original Nutcracker Costumes

The first performance of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® by New York City Ballet was on February 2, 1954, in New York City, and many of the original costume designs are still used in the production to this day.

Miami City Ballet’s new production of this classic holiday tradition features the original Balanchine choreography with reimagined sets and costumes by Cuban-American artist/designer couple Isabel and Ruben Toledo. Yet, how do these new designs compare with the costumes used in New York City Ballet‘s original production?

See a sneak peek of the magic for yourself below, and be sure to secure your tickets for this special holiday production when it lands at The Music Center, Nov. 30 – Dec. 2.

Act I

Harlequin & Columbine Doll


The Waltz of the Snowflakes

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Toy Soldiers


Mice Heads


Act II

Dance of the Marzipan





Dew Drop

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Waltz of the Flowers


Spanish Hot Chocolate

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In the original New York City Ballet production, the principal dancer in the Spanish Hot Chocolate number wears a pendant with choreographer George Balanchine’s portrait.

Mother Ginger


Sugar Plum Fairy

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George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® by Miami City Ballet

November 30, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.
December 1, 2018 | 2:00 p.m.
December 1, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.
December 2, 2018 | 11:00 a.m.
December 2, 2018 | 4:00 p.m.

The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

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Photo Credits: 

Miami City Ballet’s production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®. Choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust. Photo © Alexander Iziliaev.

New York City Ballet photos by Driely S. for Racked.