Magazine article Pointe

Miami City Ballet's Nutcracker Gets a Makeover

Magazine article Pointe

Miami City Ballet's Nutcracker Gets a Makeover

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After nearly three decades at Miami City Ballet, George Balanchine's The Nutcracker demanded a makeover. Costumes and scenery, as artistic director Lourdes Lopez admits, were faded and frayed. To do justice to such a beloved ballet, she has partnered with The Music Center for a new production to debut in Los Angeles this December before brightening South Florida theaters.

Lopez entrusted husband-and-wife artistic team Isabel and Ruben Toledo with bringing The Nutcracker into high definition, drawn by both their sense of classicism and innovative creativity. The Cuban-American couple may work in different media-Isabel is a fashion designer. Ruben as a visual artist-yet as collaborators they flourish in stage work.

The Nutcracker. Isabel discovered, "is multilayered with visual symbols-and peels back like an onion. Each element impacts the entire composition. …

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