Dance in L.A. this week: 'The Nutcracker,' 'Nochebuena' and more
Dance performances in L.A. for Dec. 8-15 include several different productions of 'The Nutcracker' and two chances to see the Mexican holiday show 'Nochebuena'
Los Angeles Ballet’s annual locally touring production sets the holiday tale in the City of Angels circa 1912. Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Sun., 2 p.m. Also at Royce Hall, UCLA, 10745 Dickson Court, Westwood. Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat.-next Sun., noon and 5 p.m. $34-$109; 10% discount for students, children, seniors and military. (310) 998-7782.
Marat Daukayev Ballet Theatre performs. The Luckman Theatre, Cal State LA, 5151 State University Drive, L.A. Sun., 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 7 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m. $42-$64. (800) 838-3006.
Westside Ballet of Santa Monica, with special guests including New York City Ballet soloist Savannah Lowery, performs with a live orchestra. The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. Sun., 1 and 5 p.m. $45. (800) 595-4849.
American Contemporary Ballet puts its own spin on the holiday favorite in this intimate and immersive show. Metropolis Los Angeles, Upper Level, 877 S. Francisco St., downtown Los Angeles. Sun., next Sun., 2 and 5 p.m.; Thu.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 5 p.m.; ends Dec. 24. $55-$137.
Dancers from Pasadena Civic Ballet perform. AGBU Vatche & Tamar Manoukian Performing Arts Center, 2495 E. Mountain St., Pasadena. Sun., 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. $15.
Folklórico de Los Ángeles performs with Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar. Musco Center for the Arts, Chapman University, 415 N. Glassell, Orange. Wed., 7:30 p.m. $25-$58. (844) 626-8726.
Heidi Duckler Dance premieres this experimental, site-specific mix of dance and opera inspired by the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, the writings of poet Ranier Maria Rilke and a short story about life in East Germany by author Christa Wolf. The Wende Museum, 10808 Culver Blvd., Culver City. Thu.-Fri., 7 p.m. $35, $50.
Avant garde works by Jordi, Matias Anaya, Julienne Mackey, Dominique McDougal, Sy Anon, Devon’te Jameson and Ironstone. Highways Performance Space, 1651 18th St., Santa Monica. Fri., 8:30 p.m. $15, $20.
American Ballet Theatre returns with its spectacular staging of the holiday favorite, with Pacific Symphony performing Tchaikovsky’s classic score; with featured dancers including Misty Copeland. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Fri., 7 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 7 p.m.; next Sun., 12:30 and 5:30 p.m.; ends Dec. 22. $29 and up. (714) 556-2787.Read more: Los Angeles Times
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