The Joffrey Ballet and the Cleveland Orchestra perform The Nutcracker together at the State Theatre Nov. 26-30. Artistic director Ashley Wheater describes what it's like to dance alongside live music.
It's truly a beautiful experience to listen to [the Cleveland Orchestra] playing Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker and see this company dance it. What is so beautiful about our art form is the direct response to the music. In an age where we just want to flick through the TV and we're constantly on our iPhones ... to put that all away and look at our humanity and at how incredibly talented we are as human beings, that's something that we can all value. — as told to Rebekah Ainsworth