Kirkland's International Ballet Theater Raises Curtain for 'Nutcracker'

Holiday performances of the classic continue at Bellevue's Meydenbauer Center Wednesday through Sunday.


Kirkland’s International Ballet Theatre raised the curtain Friday on its 2012 Nutcracker performances at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, with more shows Wednesday through Sunday, a great way to ring in the holiday season.

Here’s how IBT describes the show:

“IBT's classical production features brilliant costumes and sets from Ukraine and principal dancers from Russia. Passed down through generations for more than a century, The Nutcracker ballet preserves the classical artistry first created by Tchaikovsky and Petipa in St. Petersburg in 1892. IBT performs The Nutcracker ballet in its traditional Russian style with extraordinarily beautiful costumes and tremendous pageantry, including exotic Arabian dancers, a fierce battle scene with lifelike cavalry, soldiers and mice, elegant corps de ballet snowflakes, and of course the beautiful ballerina, Clara, and her handsome prince.”

To learn more about show times and for tickets, click here.

For previous Kirkland Patch stories about IBT and its International School of Classical Ballet:

  • Click here for a piece about artistic director Vera Altunina, who founded IBT in 2001 after having served as Ballet Master and choreographer from the State Conservatory in St. Petersburg, Russia.
  • Click here for a story about one of IBT's dancers, Clarissa Lambert (shown in the attached photo).


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