Contact: Hans-Jakob Wilhelm
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Special Holiday Event Nutcracker Dream lands in downtown White Plains
at KOI Creative Event Space, 169 Mamaroneck Avenue, 2nd Floor
Visions of Sugar Plums are dancing in your head and into downtown White Plains this Holiday Season. Nutcracker Dream is a beautiful interpretation of the beloved holiday classic and has delighted audiences young and old with its artistry and storytelling. Inspired by the work of Marius Petipa and Rudolf Nureyev, Nutcracker Dream is a one-hour and 15 minutes family-friendly adaptation of the seasonal favorite, created by world-renowned choreographer Carole Alexis, and performed by Westchester’s premier ballet company Carole Alexis Ballet Theatre / Ballet des Amériques. Alexis’ interest in creating Nutcracker Dream is to bring families and friends together around the essence of what the story represents, namely the beautiful balance between Marie’s childhood playfulness and her coming of age in the midst of her own circle of family and friends. Gather your kin for this unique, intimate holiday experience starting Friday, December 23, 2022.
Professional dancers from the company perform the featured roles of the ballet, while additional roles include young dancers from across the area. Nutcracker Dream premiered in 2018 and staged for two seasons at the Emelin Theatre and during a subsequent company tour overseas. The last two seasons took place at the Wainwright House in Rye, which again quickly sold out and prompted the production to be brought to downtown White Plains. The intimate performances will take place at KOI Creative Event Space at 169 Mamaroneck Avenue on the second floor above Lilly’s, a restaurant reminiscent of the great Victorian “gin palaces” that thrived in industrial cities of England and Northern Ireland. Lilly’s will be host to a unique Sugarplum Holiday Tea experience at 4pm each day during the week of performances except Tuesday. Lilly’s and its sister restaurant Hudson Grille also will be offering a complimentary drink to Nutcracker Dream ticket holders during the entirety of the performance run.
Event producer and former White Plains BID Executive Director Brittany Brandwein said “Carole Alexis Ballet Theatre/ Ballet des Amériques has brought quality artistry and worldly experience to downtown White Plains, a city ripe for the flourishing of cultural attractions. Events such as these bring vibrancy to our main streets and something desirable for the influx of residents in the area.”
Opening Night of Nutcracker Dream is Friday, December 23, 2022 @ 7pm. General admission tickets are $30, with children 10 yrs. and under at $20. There are also tickets at $75 for the evening that include an opening night reception with light bites at Hudson Grille, at street level below the show. Additional performances of the Nutcracker Dream are as follows:
Monday, Dec 26, 2022 @ 2pm & 6pm
Tuesday Dec 27, 2022 @ 2pm & 6pm
Wednesday, Dec 28, 2022 @ 2pm & 6pm
Thursday Dec 29, 2022 @ 2pm & 6pm
Friday, Dec 30, 2022 @ 2pm & 6pm
In addition to General Admission tickets, Sugar Plum & Cavalier Dream Package tickets for $75 include meeting the Sugar Plum Fairy, Cavalier and Marie after the performance and taking a picture with them on the Nutcracker Dream set. The Dream Package also includes:
- VIP seating
- a complimentary beverage prior the performance
- a swag bag filled with goodies including a special holiday treat
- and a Nutcracker Dream t-shirt as a special memento
The funds from the Sugar Plum & Cavalier Dream Package help to support this production and keep ticket prices affordable for all to enjoy the magic of this holiday classic.
For tickets and more information, visit: https://www.balletdesameriques.company/tickets
About Ballet des Amériques School & Company, Inc.
Under the direction of Carole Alexis, Ballet des Amériques School & Company combines ballet training, dance education and performance. Students of the School receive intensive training in classical ballet, in modern and in contemporary dance as well as a well-rounded dance education (with classes in music, dance history, anatomy) in a comprehensive and integrated curriculum-based pre-professional program. The professional dancers of the Company of Ballet des Amériques perform original choreographies throughout the greater New York City area and increasingly throughout the world.
Carole Alexis’ work as a choreographer is deeply informed by her multicultural and intercontinental background and training on the one hand, and her interdisciplinary approach to performance on the other. In New York City, for example, she has choreographed and performed – both as a singer and a dancer – at the River to River Festival, the Festival de la Francophonie, at Carnegie Hall and at Lincoln Center with artists such as Harry Belafonte, Danny Glover, Kathy Engel, Michael Ratner, The Mighty Sparrow, Susan Sarandon. Taking her cue from a thought of Aimé Césaire, in 2011, Carole Alexis launched Ballet des Amériques, a new venture in dance training, education and performance intended to give a voice to the world’s various traditions of dance on the basis of classical ballet training, while self-consciously situating itself in the context of the Americas. The young company has already performed her most recent choreographies at the Festival de Fort-de-France in Martinique, the Journée internationale de la Francophonie at Florence Gould Hall, the Kate Wildish NYC Festival of Dance Schools and at the Emelin Theatre in Mamaroneck. Aesthetically and technically, the tradition of classical ballet broadly conceived to include its modern and contemporary successors offers Carole Alexis the broad range of language and richness of vocabulary that is well-suited as a basis for a choreography that is genuinely open to the world and all of its traditions: “I always find myself traveling between cultures, genres and techniques, engaged in a constant dialogue,” she explains. And indeed, the elements of her choreography as well as the multi-ethnic and multicultural composition of her Ballet des Amériques dance company give credence to this approach. Having grown up and received her training and education in France, the Caribbean and Africa, Carole Alexis at a young age chose the Béjart school to obtain the kind of formation that would form a solid basis from which to receive, appropriate and develop a rich variety of traditions and influences in music, dance and the performing arts in general. From a classical basis and drawing on multifarious influences, Carole Alexis creates works that spark our curiosity, that question and explore, yet that always give pride of place to the sheer physicality and visceral character of dance. Mme. Alexis’ approach to dance, performance and choreography was informed early on by the teachings of the three founders of the Negritude movement, Aimé Césaire, Léopold Sédar Senghor, and Léon-Gontran Damas. She believes that art expresses the infinite possibilities of humanity, a kind of universal consciousness, and that it should be a platform for cultural action leading to a reflection on the possibilities of social change. As an honors graduate of the Mudra School created by Maurice Béjart, Léopold Sédard Senghor and UNESCO, Carole Alexis excelled in all varieties of dance. She has toured in Europe, Africa and the Caribbean, dancing as a soloist, ensemble member and freelancer in many companies and productions including: Rick Odums Dance Company – Artistic Director: Rick Odums; Compagnie Du Corail, Soloist – Directors: Jean-Paul Césaire and Suzi Maniry; Les Ballets Jazz de Paris, Soloist – Artistic Director: Mervyn Francis; Moise Dance Company, Soloist – Artistic Director: Moise; Claire Tallia, Soloist – Artistic Director: Claire Tallia; Compagnie Irene Tassembedo. Carole Alexis studied with: Maurice Béjart, ballet and choreographic intensives; Nikoloz Makhateli, ballet; Bertrand Pie, ballet; Jorge Lefèbre, Director of the Royal Ballet of Wallonie, ballet and choreographic work; Solange Golovine, ballet; Jaqueline Fyneart, barre au sol; Larrio Ekson, modern dance and choreographic intensives; Julien Jouga, music; Goris Théâtre; Doudou NDiaye Rose, percussion; Jacqueline Rayet, Opéra de Paris, ballet; Savitri Nair, Bharata Natyam; Rick Odums, jazz and modern jazz; Peter Goss, Modern Jose Limon based; Jay Allen Augen, ballet; Andrej Glekovski, ballet; Yuriko Kikuchi, Director of the Martha Graham Company; Bruce Taylor, modern dance, modern jazz and choreographic work; Jean-Claude Zadith, ballet, Barre au sol, modern dance and choreographic work; Nina Valery, ballet; Germaine Acogny, African dance and choreographic work; Ray Phillips, modern Graham technique; Jaqueline Scott Lemoine, theater; Jean-Claude Lamorandière, contemporary and Afro-Caribbean dance. During her studies, Carole Alexis won numerous merit scholarships and the First Prize of Minolta Danse pour l’image. Her image has graced several magazine covers and she has been featured in many newspaper articles and magazines including the Encyclopédie de la Femme Antillaise. A documentary entitled Come Dance With Me, directed by Jean-Paul Césaire, portrays the early career of Carole Alexis when she was discovered by Aimé Césaire.