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Events for Sunday December 19, 2021

The Nutcracker, American Repertory Ballet @State Theatre of New Jersey

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Sunday December 19, 2021
1:00 PM

1 and 5pm

American Repertory Ballet (ARB), under the leadership of Artistic Director Ethan Stiefel, returns to the State Theatre to perform the beloved classic Nutcracker with Tchaikovsky's magnificent score, stunning sets, thrilling choreography, and a live orchestra. Nutcracker tells the story of a young girl named Clara and how a mysterious gift from her Uncle Drosselmeyer brings about enchanted dreams and fantastical scenes.

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The Nutcracker, Kelsey Theatre

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Sunday December 19, 2021
1:00 PM

1 and 4pm

Young Clara sneaks downstairs on Christmas Eve to play with her favorite present – a Nutcracker – when she is suddenly confronted by the menacing Mouse King! Her Nutcracker prince comes alive, saves her and whisks her away to the Land of The Sweets where Snow Queen & King, snow fairies, dancing sugar plums and toy soldiers all await her. The NJ Dance Connection presents this classic ballet, set to Tchaikovsky’s magical score – abridged and fully narrated! Family and friends of all ages can celebrate the holiday season together at this delightful performance.

Note: Proof of Vaccination (or negative Covid test) required at door for 12 and up. Masks for 2 and up.

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Author Event: Matthew Aucoin in Conversation with Peter Sellars, Library and Labyrinth Livestream

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Sunday December 19, 2021
3:00 PM

Acclaimed composer Aucoin and world renowned director Sellars discuss Aucoin's book "The Impossible Art" and his groundbreaking work "Eurydice" and share thoughts on the past and future of opera.

From its beginning, opera has been an impossible art and composer Matthew Aucoin, a rising star of the opera world, posits that it is this impossibility that gives opera its exceptional power and serves as its lifeblood. The virtuosity required of its performers, the bizarre and often spectacular nature of its stage productions, the creation of a whole world whose basic fabric is music—opera assumes its true form when it pursues impossible goals.

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