The film of the live performance of the “The Nutcracker” will be available on demand from Monday December 20th.

“The Nutcracker”, the beloved holiday tradition, sold out for 11 performances at the Stevens Center in downtown Winston-Salem. But fans of the timeless classical ballet can experience the magic from the comfort of their own homes by purchasing access to an on-demand film from this year’s stage production, shot in front of a live audience.


A one-time fee of $ 75 per household provides unlimited access to high-definition film from Monday, December 20 to June 30, 2022, as well as exclusive behind-the-scenes content, including videos with the School of Music and the School of La dance, a “Nutcracker” story, videos of alumni sharing memories of “The Nutcracker” at UNCSA, a social wall to connect with friends, fun games, anecdotes, leaves coloring pages, Zoom backgrounds and access to the 2020 “The Nutcracker” movie.

Purchase access to the “Nutcracker On Demand Experience” online. Access instructions will be sent by email.

Additionally, PBS North Carolina will be offering a one-time broadcast of the 2021 production exclusively for North Carolina at 6 p.m. on Christmas Day.

“Thousands of people were able to join us this year at the Stevens Center for an exciting representation of centuries-old history told in a new way,” said UNCSA Chancellor Brian Cole. “Now people all over the world can enjoy our high quality recording of the live stage production, featuring Ilya Kozadayev’s brilliant new choreography performed with grace and precision, Tchaikovsky’s beloved score beautifully performed by the guest artist Jiannan Cheng, lush landscapes and props and exquisite costumes.

Production “The Nutcracker” 2021 / Photo: Peter Mueller

“We are delighted that everyone can appreciate the work of the students of our dance, music and design and production schools, and we are grateful for our partnership with PBS North Carolina which will allow the citizens of our state to watch for free. Cole added. “I know our viewers will be proud to know that their purchase of the on-demand experience will support the scholarships of our talented student artists.”

School of Dance Dean Endalyn Taylor said the “The Nutcracker Experience on Demand” provides an unprecedented opportunity for friends and family to create lasting memories together. “As a young artist some of my fondest memories are being on stage or in the audience watching ‘The Nutcracker’ with my family,” she said. “It was the. opportunity to be swept away by the pageantry of the spectacle as well as by the wonder and warmth of the holiday spirit.

“I am delighted that we can once again offer the opportunity to smile, laugh and dream together and enjoy the peace and joy of the holidays,” she added.

Kozadayev’s choreography is a new imagination of the original stage production. Clara and her Prince The Nutcracker remain at the forefront of the new production. Favorites are also back, including Sugar Plum Fairy and Rider, Snow King and Queen, Snowflakes and Flowers, and the all-time favorite Trepak.

UNCSA partnered with local companies JerFilm Productions and Ovation Sound to create the film, using five cameras, multiple microphones, and a professional stereo audio mix that will sound like listeners are in the orchestra pit with the musicians.

Jérémie McLamb and Ilya Kozadayev

Jeremiah McLamb and Ilya Kozadayev prepare to film a “Nutcracker” performance at the Stevens Center. / Photo: Adam Witmer

“Viewers will see the fantastic new choreography from multiple optimal vantage points that accentuate the beautiful movement architecture our dancers bring to life on stage, complemented by the wonderful lighting design by guest artist Lisa J. Pinkham,” said Assistant Dean of Dance Jared Redick, who is the executive producer of “The Nutcracker”.

Redick said he and Kozadayev worked closely with the filmmakers to ensure that every moment on stage is captured from the best camera angle. “On-demand film viewers will see every moment and from angles that you wouldn’t get to see in the cinema. The multiple camera angles bring more magic to the home viewing experience, ”he said.

Award-winning dancer and choreographer, Kozadayev was born into a family of dancers in St. Petersburg, Russia, where he received his dance training at the Vaganova Ballet Academy. He also trained at the School of American Ballet in New York, the Academy of Colorado Ballet and graduated from the John Cranko Ballet Academy in Stuttgart, Germany. He holds an MA in Fine Arts from Jacksonville University.

Kozadayev has danced as a soloist with the Colorado Ballet, the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, the Boston Ballet and as a soloist with the Houston Ballet. He began choreographing for The Boston Ballet’s Raw Dance, and then recreated ballets for the Houston Ballet’s Choreographic Showcase, original work for the Houston Ballet II, the Kansas City Ballet, the Festival Ballet of Providence, the Milwaukee Ballet II , the Oklahoma Festival Ballet, the Arkansas Ballet and others. . He has been teaching at UNCSA since 2017.

Guest conductor Cheng is director of the Rowan University Symphony Orchestra in Glassboro, New Jersey, conductor of the university’s opera productions, and professor of conducting. She is a doctoral candidate in Musical Arts in Conducting at the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati. Cheng completed his undergraduate studies at the Chinese Conservatory of Music in Beijing and received his masters from the University of Washington in Seattle.

Cheng made his European debut conducting and working with the Giovanile Luigi Cherubini Orchestra, the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra, the Ingolstadt Georgian Chamber Orchestra and the Munich Hochschule Symphony Orchestra. Her teachers and mentors included world-renowned conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Kurt Masur and Marcus Bosch, to whom she assisted in Heidenheim, Germany, and conducted a successful performance of Verdi’s “Nabucco”. She has conducted the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Miami Symphony Orchestra.

Guest lighting designer Pinkham started her relationship with “The Nutcracker” in 1984 and it is still ongoing. Currently a resident lighting designer for the Houston Ballet, Pinkham has been designing dance lighting for over 35 years, working with classical, contemporary and modern companies. Its lighting has been featured in the repertoires of many national companies, including the American Ballet Theater, Boston Ballet, Houston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and San Francisco Ballet. Internationally, his work is included in the repertoires of the Birmingham Royal Ballet, Norwegian National Ballet, Hong Kong Ballet, Berliner Staatsballett, Wiener Staatsballett and Singapore Dance Theater. From 1991 to 1999, she was the lighting director of the San Francisco Ballet and designed the lighting for more than 35 of the company’s productions. She was a lighting designer for Alonzo King’s LINES Contemporary Ballet from 1994 to 2001.

Redick began her ballet training with her mother, Julia Cziller Redick, in Reston, Virginia. He graduated from the UNCSA High School Ballet Program, where he studied with founding dean of dance Robert Lindgren. He then trained at Mikhail Baryshnikov’s School of Classical Ballet and the School of American Ballet. He has danced professionally with the San Francisco Ballet and has been a soloist with the Miami City Ballet, the Suzanne Farrell Ballet, and the Boston Ballet. He has taught nationally and internationally and has been guest ballet master with the Finnish National Ballet, Houston Ballet, Nashville Ballet, and Cincinnati Ballet. Redick is a recipient of the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts Award for Outstanding Achievement and in 2012 was named an Associate Fellow of Pierson College at Yale University. Since 2013, Redick has been a judge and master teacher for the Youth America Grand Prix. He has been Assistant Dean since 2013 and was Acting Dean of the School of Dance during the 2020-21 school year.

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