A German mind gave birth to the story. A Russian composer gave the story a musical voice. And Japanese dancers will bring it to life this weekend when the Columbia Classical Ballet Company stages its annual version of “The Nutcracker.”
The company’s principal dancers this season, Kota Fujishima and Sakura Oka, will perform the roles of the Nutcracker Prince and the Sugar Plum Fairy. Bringing this multinational production home will be local dancer Federica Hall, who will play Clara.
The stage at the Koger Center for the Arts will be transformed from Clara’s family home to the magical land where the toy Nutcracker comes to life as a prince. The plot of the ballet classic was adapted from a story written by German E.T.A. Hoffman in the early 1800s. Russian composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky in the late 1800s wrote the score that has become synonymous with the holiday season.
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“We source dancers from all over the world, and this year we have dancers from Japan, South Korea, Hungary, Germany, Hong Kong, Canada and the United States,” said Radenko Pavlovich, the company’s artistic director.
Columbia Classical Ballett Company puts on one of three major presentations of “The Nutcracker” in the Columbia area this year. The busy week for the company includes educational outreach performances Thursday and Friday at 10 a.m., with $5 tickets aimed at young students.
The general public performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. The afternoon performances feature a meet-and-greet with the dancers after the shows. Tickets range from $5 to $32.