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True Winterland Royalty!

The classic charm and pageantry of The Nutcracker returns to Toronto featuring some of the biggest international stars from the Bolshoi Ballet. Based on the classical version of the Nutcracker, which is performed by the world’s top ballet companies. Artistic Director Tatiana Stepanova has retained the ballet’s traditional beauty, enhancing it with her innovative vision and unique choreography.

Share the Stage with Wonder

Guest artists Anastasia Stashkevich and Vyacheslav Lopatin, principal dancers of the world renowned Bolshoi Ballet will showcase their aerial and spirited dancing supported by enchanting tapestry with custom made costumes and set designs adorning the stage.

The Nutcracker

ft. Stars of Bolshoi Ballet

Date: Saturday December 22, 2018
Time: 2:00PM & 7:00PM

Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
1 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E 1B2

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Guest Stars from Bolshoi Ballet

See some of today’s biggest stars in ballet. Principal Dancers from the Bolshoi Ballet, Anastasia Stashkevich* and Vyacheslav Lopatin.

The Bolshoi Ballet is an internationally renowned classical ballet company, based at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Russian Federation. Founded in 1776, the Bolshoi is among the world’s oldest ballet companies. Some of the most prominent names in ballet are associated with the Bolshoi.

*Cast Change: Due to unforeseen circumstances Anastasia Stashkevich will no longer be performing. We are excited to announce that the role of Clara will be played by former Principal Dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet and current Principal Dancer of The National Ballet of Canada, Svetlana Lunkina. Ms. Lunkina will join Vyacheslav Lopatin in the lead roles in this years Nutcracker.

Traditional Russian Nutcracker

Along with Tchaikovsky’s cherished score and some of the world’s best dancers, Toronto International Ballet Theatre’s performance preserves the imperial beauty and grandeur of the original Nutcracker, and will transport children and adults alike to a world of magic and wonder! 

About TIBT

For over 11 years Toronto International Ballet Theatre has been bringing together young talented dancers and itnernational stars, to perform in professional productions with spectacular sets and beautiful choreography by renowned choreographer and former Prima Ballerina Tatiana Stepanova.

Sony Centre for the Performing Arts

The Nutcracker ft. Stars of the Bolshoi Ballet returns to one of Canada’s most iconic theatres. The Sony Centre. Not only do audience members get an onobstructed view from everyone of the seats. But the theatre has been a unique place in the cultural life of Toronto. It is one of Toronto’s foremost theatrical venues and the largest sof-seat theatre in Canada. 


What People are Saying

Sheer, exquisite joy and delight, absolutely magnificent performances by the Bolshoi Ballet guest stars, and polished beautiful work by each and every dancer.  As for the costumes….and those mice!!  All totally inspiring!  We walked out of the theatre, with the world feeling like a lighter brighter airier place.  What a way to launch the holiday season!

This show uses a combination of local professional Toronto dancers, young pre-professional ballet studio dancers and guest dancers from some of the worlds best ballet companies. We enjoyed the show so much we are bought tickets for the 2016 show the day they went on sale. Our favorite parts were snow scene, the Arabian pas de Deux was mesmerizing and of course Sugar Plum and the Nutcracker Prince. This year the guest dancers are 2 Principal dancers from Bolshoi Ballet….it does not get any better!

The Nutcracker, as choreographed and performed by TIBT as always was magical, and beautiful. The sets, costumes, and music were all fabulous! Looking forward to it again next year!

Favourite moment: The baby Mice in the battle scene were adorable, the way they were scurrying back and forth!

Wonderful performance by all dancers. Loved the Russian soloists. Costumes were spectacular.

What a pleasure it was to finally enjoy the highest quality of ballet dancing executed by the local company other than NBC. The group and the solos were danced in sync and with high precision, the decor and the costumes were just stunning. Amazingly, the cast was not overly big and many dancers were engaged into a few scenes, which shows you how high their quality is and how smart the show is planned out. The choreography was very creative and interesting to watch. Personally, I am glad to discover a local company that treasures the classical ballet in it’s pure form at a such a high quality and I wish there was more than just the Nutcracker presented by this company, as I believe TIBT could be an alternative to the NBC’s contemporary stream.

Favorite moment: snowflakes, waltz of the flowers, solos

The performance of the Toronto International Ballet Theatre of the Nutcracker was just amazing. Everything was done to perfection; the dancing, the music and the decoration. We went as a family with my wife and 3 teenager kids and enjoyed every moment. It was a night to remember. Well done!

Have been wanting to see this for years, not disappointed, will be taking my grand-daughters to see it

Great choreography and excellent execution! All performers made this production heartwarming and fun experience!

I have seen many ballets and many different productions of the Nutcracker, this was by far the BEST!!! The version that was done was absolutely beautiful!! I was in awe, I would definitely see it again!

Nutcracker was fabulous!!! A must-see with friends & family