It was 1999 and Ballet Austin was ready to open its 37th production of The Nutcracker. But what the audience was in store for was not the same production of The Nutcracker they’d seen for years and years. There was a new Artistic Director in town, and on November 14 of that year, Ballet Austin would premiere his original choreography for The Nutcracker, the same timeless choreography that we still perform to this day.
I may be a little biased, but as I peek in on rehearsals, I continually find myself mesmerized by Artistic Director Stephen Mills’ choreography. There is such eloquence, grace, and vitality in his movement. And his original choreography for The Nutcracker is no exception. He has retained all the classic elements of this wonderful production while infusing it with his unique artistic vision. It’s what makes our production of The Nutcracker unique and it’s what makes it Austin’s holiday tradition.
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