Ten world-class Russian dancers from the prestigious Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet Theatre of Marina Medvetskaya will be performing the winter classic “The Nutcracker” in San José’s National Theater this year, with choreography inspired by the classic Vasily Vainonen piece but elaborated by Peggy Willis-Aarnio of the Florida-based The Willis Ballet.
The Friends of the National Theater Foundation is responsible for bringing the production to Costa Rica.
“We had a national casting call, and more than 200 ballerinas from the country’s principal ballet companies participated,” said Elizabeth Barquero, executive producer of the event.
This is the fifth run of “The Nutcracker” in the National Theater.
Performances are scheduled Dec. 12, 16, 17 and 18 at 8 p.m., Dec. 13 at 11 a.m., and Dec. 14 at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Tickets cost ¢10,000 ($18) for general seating and ¢5,000 ($9) for the gallery. Children under 12 and senior citizens receive a 20 percent discount. The National Theater’s box office is open Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, call 2221-5341 or visit www.teatro nacional.go.cr.