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Christmas comes along the Nutcracker
November 10, 2011

The National Theater will be the stage for “The Nutcracker 2011” of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, taking place on December 1st-12th, under the direction of West Chapman and the co-direction of Maria Malia Pendones and Patricia Carreras.


Maria Malia Pendones: she studied dance in the University of Costa Rica, and then moved to New York. She has performed as soloist with Danza Universitaria, Abend, The Dance Brigade of San Francisco, California, BRAVA! For Women in Arts, Ballet Concierto of Puerto Rico.

She obtained the certification of ballet professor by the Department of Education of the State of New York.

In Costa Rica, her works have been presented in the most important festivals and theaters of the country.

Internationally she has performed in the Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, BAAD! in New York, La Casa Encendida, Madrid, in the International Performance Festival of Odense (Denmark), Jornadas de Santa Lucia in Maracaibo, Venezuela, and the San Francisco International Arts Festival.

In 2009 she was hired for the production of the ballet The Nutcracker in the National Theater, as co-director and choreographer.

Patricia Carreras: she has been the director of the National Dance Company, founder of the first professional school of Classic Ballet in Costa Rica, and coordinator of the area of extension of the School of Dance of the National University (UNA).



The National Theater is presenting as from December 1st the Christmas ballet “The Nutcracker 2011” of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, under the artistic direction of West Chapman, original choreography of Maria Malia Pendones and Patricia Carreras, and the support of the Costa Rican Company of Inter-American Productions, specialized in organizing high quality events.

The production will have 12 shows, where around 100 dancers will give the best on stage to offer a high quality show, most of them coming from rural zones.

According to Pendones, director of the academy Danzay, “the dancers were selected according to the roles that need to be played; it’s supposed to be an experience and job opportunity for those who have the potential, so serious students of classic ballet have the priority”.

One of the peculiarities of the show is that the female characters will be represented by Costa Rican women, since in past years foreign women took the parts.

As from this year, the production of The Nutcracker is an event created and managed by Pendones and Carreras, due to the change in the administration of the National Theater, which now only serves as stage for the event.

Throughout the years, The Nutcracker has become a community activity for being one of the most longed shows by the Costa Ricans in different sectors. The quality of the local and foreign dancers, along with the colors, elegance and magic, has been a success factor in the presentation of this show.

The show will last about two hours and you can buy the tickets in Mundo Ticket.


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