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    An Austin holiday favorite returns. The Watchmaker’s Song is a jazzy & interactive re-imagination of the classic story of the The Nutcracker.

    This is a Nutcracker for everyone. The Watchmaker’s Song is an immersive dance-theatre production based on the beloved ballet, The Nutcracker, performed at the historic Neill-Cochran House Museum.

    This holiday tradition serves our shared mission to nurture and grow the vibrant culture of Austin, giving artists of all backgrounds and cultural traditions a platform to share their craft. In a tribute to the cultural diversity of Austin, we present many different styles of dance... not just classical ballet: Egyptian Belly Dance, Spanish Flamenco, Argentinian Tango, American Tap Dance, and of course the inimitable Mother Ginger!

    “...to dive inside this familiar work, to attend the party that kicks off the evening's adventure and take our own journeys to see cultures of faraway lands. The Watchmaker's Song let us in on the action – up to and including stepping out with Ventana's dancers... To be so close to something you know so well from afar is to see it anew. It is magical, and in a way that is all this show's own.” - Robert Fairies, Austin Chronicle

    The Watchmaker’s Song is a performance for everyone in the community! If cost is prohibitive to your attendance, please email us at info@ventanaballet.com. We are happy to welcome you!

    Choose from 12 uniquely different shows!
    December 9, 10, 11 at 6:30 & 8:30pm each night
    December 16, 17, 18 at 6:30pm & 8:30pm each night

    Bonus Shows!
    Saturday December 4th ON TOUR to Comfort, Texas
    December 12 at 1:00pm (Children’s Interactive Show!)

    The Story…

    Inspired in part by the original tale The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by German Romantic-era author ETA Hoffmann (1776-1822), the story of The Watchmaker's Song centers on Clara, a quiet, kind, thoughtful young woman in her journey of empowerment and self-discovery. Guided by her mysterious relative, The Watchmaker, Clara becomes fascinated with The Nutcracker, a life-sized doll that at first appears lifeless, mechanical, inanimate…But Clara, with her keen perception and willingness to see beyond appearances, soon discovers that there are hidden truths under the surface that many are unwilling to see.
    In 2018, Dorothy O’Shea Overbey (Red Nightfall) and AJ Garcia-Rameau (Ventana Ballet) joined forces for the first time to initiate this experiment in immersive dance-theatre

    Tickets go on sale through Eventbrite on November 12th at 10am.
    General Admission Tickets $40
    More details at http://www.ventanaballet.com/watchmaker

    About Ventana Ballet
    Ventana Ballet is a professional dance company based in Austin, TX, specializing in contemporary ballet dance performance. The word ventana, meaning window, embodies the company’s organizational mission and vision, seeking to provide artistically relevant, technically proficient, and publicly accessible dance performance and education opportunities to the community. Ventana Ballet’s mission is to inspire, entertain and educate audiences through disciplined and innovative approaches to presenting next-generation choreographic works. More information about Ventana Ballet can be found on the company website at VentanaBallet.com.

    About Red Nightfall Productions
    Founded by Dorothy O’Shea Overbey in 2017, Red Nightfall Productions creates films, live productions, and immersive experiences that seek to amplify the voices of emerging artists. We cultivate open and dynamic collaboration, operating on the principle that kindness, integrity, and respect allow artists to operate at their highest potential. More info at RedNightfallProductions.com.

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