TWIN FALLS — The Eugene Ballet Company will perform its rendition of “The Nutcracker” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12 and 13 at the College of Southern Idaho Fine Arts Auditorium, 315 Falls Ave.
The Eugene Ballet Company is, in the words of the National Endowment for the Arts, “one of the premier touring ballet companies in the United States.” With 35 years of experience, the company has performed “The Nutcracker” in 32 states and seven countries. The Eugene Ballet Company’s “Nutcracker” features a cast of nationally and internationally acclaimed dancers.
“The Eugene Ballet Company brings dancers from all over the world to the CSI Fine Arts Auditorium stage,” Artistic Director Toni Pimble said. “Korean principal dancer Yun-Kyung Kim brings technical aplomb and flair; Russian Petr Orlov explodes onto the stage; Venezuelan Gilmer Duran brings character and magnetism; Leoannis Pupo Guillen acts the role of the nutcracker with style; Juan Carlos Amy-Cordero’s technical prowess is astonishing; long-time principal dancer Jennifer Martin combines maturity with grace and technical acuity.”
As has become the custom, local dance students will perform onstage with the Eugene Ballet Company. Roles to be danced by the children include mice, angels, party children, flowers and ladybugs. Students were selected by audition and have been actively rehearsing under the guidance off Rayni Capps.
“Involvement of local dance students is something that we have always encouraged,” Pimble said in a statement. “Their experiences with a professional ballet company will be something they will remember for years to come — giving them inspiration beyond their dance studies.”
There are still about 400 tickets available for each night. Prices are: adults $25, high school students and younger $18 — purchasable at the CSI Fine Arts Box Office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, online at tickets.csi.edu, or by calling 208-732-6288.