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.
NEVE CAMPBELL: It's a brand new
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.
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
Just Chris' mind, Chris' idea.
JERALDINE: Chris is something special.
AMANDA ASSUCENA: He wants to innovate and create
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
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.