Friday, January 28

The magic of Christmas with the Ballet and “The Nutcracker” in Panama

The magic of its history, its characters, the universal music of Tchaikovski, together with a spectacular choreography they have converted “The Nutcracker”In a Christmas classic par excellence, and that is part of the agenda proposed by the National Ballet of Panama every December.

With about 30 dancers on stage in which ballet aspirants also participate, this is a production with an extraordinary narrative captured through the beauty and elegance of ballet, an ideal work for audiences of all ages, and which is masterfully brought to the stage by our National Ballet, on Christmas Eve.

Through the Directorate of the Arts of MiCultura, the National Ballet of Panama carried this staging on December 16 and 17 at the La Huaca Theater, while on December 22 it will arrive at the Omar Recreational Park, as part of a “ Christmas of Illusion ”in conjunction with the Office of the First Lady.

The play of The Nutcracker is a story that begins in the home of a respectable judge, his wife and their two children, Clara and Fritz, who hold a Christmas party to which Clara’s godfather, the magician Drosselmeyer, maker of watches and fantastic mechanical toys, who brings Clara a beautiful doll in the shape of a nutcracker as a gift.

Clara, is immersed in a deep sleep where her nutcracker comes to life, and takes her to travel through magical places among the snow, the kingdom of sweets, to fight with an army of the King of Mice, to dance with the Russians, the Chinese and other characters that make this staging an excellent story to enjoy as a family.

The main protagonists were interpreted by: Juan Carlos Costoya, as Drosselmeyer; Andrea Díaz in the role of Clara; Edgar Santamaría delighted the public as the Nutcracker, while Julieta del Castillo, Yahir Castro, Nazario Johnson, Abdiel Bonilla and Ángel Rodríguez were Sugar Fairy, Prince, Mouse King, mice respectively.

Gloria Barrios, Executive Director of the National Ballet, stated that “with this Nutcracker Suite we close this 2021 season with a flourish, which has brought news, since we have reinvented ourselves in the pandemic, we were able to keep our dancers trained and motivated, a year of a lot of work, a lot of events and what has allowed us to overcome and prepare for the golden anniversary of the National Ballet where we come with a program prepared for the public that always accompanies us ”.

The next presentation of the National Ballet will be this coming Wednesday, December 22 at the Omar Recreational Park as part of a Christmas of Illusion in conjunction with the Office of the First Lady.