Making a New American Nutcracker

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Join narrator Neve Campbell and the creative team behind The Joffrey Ballet’s new production of Christopher Wheeldon’s “The Nutcracker,” a bold re-imagining of the Christmas classic that places Marie in the humble home of a 19th Century immigrant family where she falls asleep and dreams of a journey through the Chicago World’s Fair.

AIRED: December 01, 2017 | 0:01:30
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NEVE CAMPBELL: It's a brand new

Nutcracker.

JERALDINE MENDOZA: Christopher Wheeldon is a

choreographer who had a brilliant idea to place

the Nutcracker in the Chicago World's Fair.

BRIAN SELZNICK: He wanted to do the Nutcracker with

poor people instead of rich people.

JERALDINE: Working in the World's Fair.

CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON: It's mammoth.

It's the size of a Broadway musical; bigger

than a Broadway musical.

YOSHIHISA ARAI: Making a new full length ballet,

it's, it's very hard.

(CHRISTOPHER: Ready?

Here we go.)

DYLAN GUTIERREZ: It's like, here we go.

This is our new Nutcracker; we have to

make it ours.

It has to be our baby.

YOSHIHISA: We start from nothing, absolutely

nothing.

Just Chris' mind, Chris' idea.

JERALDINE: Chris is something special.

AMANDA ASSUCENA: He wants to innovate and create

unexpected moments.

SUZANNE LOPEZ: Christopher Wheeldon is one of the

most inspiring, challenging, sometimes

frustrating, enthusiastic, wonderful people to work with.

CHRISTOPHER: I'm all over the place.

I'm operating the puppets; I'm acting all of the

rolls.

I still show the movement.

JULIAN CROUCH: I think he's a bit like Puck in A

Midsummer Night's Dream.

NATASHA KATZ: His world of theater and ballet, there

should be a new word for it.

NEVE CAMPBELL: Come behind the scenes, and see the

Making of a New American Nutcracker.

CHRISTOPHER: The story behind that story.

It's epic.

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