Watch the Fairfax Ballet Company’s Nutcracker Online
Filmed in Fairfax City!
In November, dancers from the Fairfax Ballet Company filmed scenes from the Nutcracker: Dancing Through the City at locations around Old Town Fairfax. This virtual Nutcracker performance will be available to view online starting at 7 p.m. on December 20, and will remain available until January 3, 2021. The cost is $25 to view the performance.
The virtual Nutcracker performance was funded in part by a generous grant from the City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts. While the grant program typically funds live performances, 2020 presented a challenge on how to safely provide public art programs during a pandemic — and the ballet company stepped up to the challenge.
When COVID-19 canceled the company’s Nutcracker performances at Woodson High School and their collaborative Nutcracker performance with the Fairfax Symphony, the ballet company envisioned an alternative production. Instead of filming in a studio or sharing video of past performances, the ballet company chose instead to take it to the streets, incorporating recognizable Fairfax City locations as part of the timeless Nutcracker tale while embracing recommended health practices.
This wholly new, unique, and exciting virtual production keeps the Christmas tradition in a very 2020 manner for the dancers, their families, and the Fairfax community. This production also embodies the creativity and innovation encouraged by the city’s Commission on the Arts.
Information on how to watch the virtual Nutcracker performance will be available on the Fairfax Ballet Company's website.