December 16-17, 2023
Paramount Theatre of the Arts
$26.50-126.80 approx., oaklandballet.org
December 16, 2023, 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.
December 17, 2023, 1 p.m.
Oakland Ballet Company presents Graham Lustig's The Nutcracker with the Oakland Symphony and Piedmont East Bay Children's Choir.
Doors open 60 minutes before show time.
Graham Lustig's The Nutcracker creates holiday magic for all ages featuring artists of the Oakland Ballet Company, and members of the Oakland East Bay Symphony conducted by Michael Morgan. Staging of this family classic mixes whimsy with tradition in a holiday performance relatively new to the Bay Area, introduced circa 2010.
Lustig, the Artistic Director of the
Oakland Ballet Company, joined the
company in 2010, and has
set the fresh, new pace with the
restaging of The Nutcracker to
encompass local talent and reflect the
community interest in rekindling theater
Graham Lustig is internationally known. He trained at the Royal Ballet School in London, was coached by such luminaries as Rudolf Nureyev, Nikolai Beriosov, Kurt Jooss and John Taras and, performed as soloist and choreographer at Dutch National Ballet. In England he joined the Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet, where he spent 12 years touring the world and performing soloist and principal roles in critically acclaimed re-stagings of the classics.
With a Dutch Choreographic Award nomination under his belt and countless commissions from Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Ballet West, Singapore Dance Theatre, Northern Ballet Theatre, Hong Kong Ballet, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company and Sacramento Ballet, his repertoire ranges from tongue-in-cheek sophistication to the wildly imaginative.
His credits are endless: The Washington Ballet distinguished Choreographer-in-Residence, Artistic Director of the American Repertory Ballet and its affiliated school, the Princeton Ballet School, and many, many more. From our perspective Oakland has gained a treasure in this talented artistic director with a world of knowledge and experience that can help the Oakland Ballet Company put its best foot forward, continuing to blossom and grow.
Lustig founded a non-profit dance organization, lustigdancetheatre, which encompasses a dance and wellness studio, plus a professional dance company dedicated to serving the central New Jersey community. The talent's