Columbia Dance performing Fort Vancouver-inspired ‘The Nutcracker’ this weekend


Columbia Dance will perform a special retelling of “The Nutcracker” that is inspired by local history. The reinvention of the classic ballet by Tchaikovsky will be interwoven with the history of Fort Vancouver. The performances will take place from Friday, Dec. 15 through Sunday, Dec. 17 at Skyview Concert Hall, 1300 NW 139th St., Vancouver. The performance will be two hours long, with a 20 minute intermission.

“There will be magic and mystery, tutus and Tchaikovsky – necessary ingredients for all Nutcrackers,” Non-profit art organization Columbia Dance stated in a press release. “But this one-of-a-kind production will also feature beavers fighting fur trappers, dancing wapato plants, and Oregon trail children arriving via covered wagon as it weaves local Fort Vancouver history into the plot of a classic.”

The performance will include creations by famous set artist Thyra Hartshorn and international designer Christine Darch’s costumes, according to the press release.

A sensory-friendly performance with decreased audio volume, some audience lighting, buffer seating and a shush-free environment will be hosted at 6 p.m. on Dec. 15. The other performances will take place at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

For tickets or more information visit Tickets for an online livestream are also available.