Ballet Victoria blends the tale of Pandora’s Box with the sounds of The Nutcracker in The Gift.

Ballet Victoria’s holiday Gift, NOTcracker

Ballet Victoria blends the tale of Pandora’s Box with the sounds of The Nutcracker in The Gift Dec. 28 - 29 at the Royal Theatre.

Ballet Victoria’s gift this holiday season: a reimagined version of the Pandora’s Box myth, featuring music from The Nutcracker and the Victoria Symphony. The Gift comes to the Royal Theatre Dec. 28 – 29.

The Gift tells the story of young Pandora and her family as they gather on Christmas Eve. When a world-traveling uncle brings an exotic trunk and warns Pandora not to open it, the temptation proves too much and a wild ride ensues. Expect a dance-through-the-ages segment featuring the likes of Lady Gaga – with symphony pianists – as Pandora tames the cast of characters.

The is the second year Ballet Victoria will bring The Gift to the stage.

“I knew that I wanted to do a unique Christmas story,” said the company’s artistic director, Paul Destrooper. “Many people love the tradition of The Nutcracker, so I began thinking of ways to play with the original story and modernize it a bit. I liked the idea of bringing it into this century with different ethnic groups and alluding to popular music segments and dance moves. By introducing different cultures in the story, it is like Pandora and the audience travel virtually.”

The show is here for two performances only: Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm. Tickets, from $15 for children 12 and under, are available at balletvictoria.com or rmts.bc.ca.

Just Posted

Catch the Motown sound on stage in Oak Bay

Dave Dunnet Community Theatre hosting Motown Magic on Oct. 3

Scottish flavours abound at the McPherson during Skerryvore’s return

Acclaimed Celtic rock fusion band here Oct. 6; whisky tasting, acoustic pre-show added

REVIEW: The Children not depressing, despite nuclear fallout theme

Belfry Theatre production well acted; story asks important questions, writes Sheila Martindale

VICTORIA SYMPHONY: Classical masterpieces help welcome autumn

Virtuoso violinist, pianist to perform triumphant works by Mendelssohn, Beethoven

MATHIEU POIRIER: Winterbrau a feast for dark beer lovers

Canoe’s popular annual celebration of winter brews expanding to two days, Nov. 9-10

Shambhala named best music festival in North America

Shambhala Music Festival is held at the Salmo River Ranch in B.C.

Set your alarm! Night Shift Halloween tix on sale Friday morning

Royal BC Museum’s adult-only costume event expected to sell out quickly

Canadian author Graeme Gibson, partner of Margaret Atwood, dies at age 85

Gibson remembered for putting his words into action for both cultural and environmental causes

Trailer released for Jason Momoa TV series filmed on Vancouver Island

‘See’ will debut on Apple’s new streaming service on Nov.1

Victoria bookstore looking to earn a place in the record books

Russell Books still collecting Guiness World Records books from public for massive tower

Eddie Money, ‘Two Tickets to Paradise’ singer, dies at 70

The rock star recently announced he had stage 4 esophageal cancer

Cross-cultural flamenco production tells personal story through dance, music

Indian, Spanish influences seen in Nritya, coming Sept. 26 to Glenlyon Norfolk School theatre

$9.8 million announced for B.C. arts groups by province

BC Arts Council to distribute 394 grants across more than 50 communities

Best of the 2019 Victoria Fringe Festival revisited

Wonder how others felt about Fringe shows you saw? Find the Pick of the Fringe winners here

Most Read