LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — For more than forty years, Lexington Ballet has put on a production of "The Nutcracker." While the tradition continues this year, the company is bringing the stage to your living room.
Earlier this fall, inside the Lexington Opera House, dancers started the Christmas season a little early by putting on the holiday classic's annual performance. Instead of performing for an audience, though, they danced for a camera.
"We captured the whole thing in the course of four days," said Artistic Director Luis Dominguez.
"The Nutcracker" is now available to rent or own through Vimeo.
To keep dancers safe during the performance, they made face masks a part of the costumes. While adapting to the pandemic has been challenging, Dominguez said they needed to continue the tradition.
"Yes, we have to wear the masks, and we have to take care of each other, but we can continue," he said. "Arts reflecting what needs to happen in society."
In the past, the performance ran for two weeks, but virtual production will be available through December.
As a thank you to healthcare workers, the production will be available to stream for free at Kentucky Children's Hospital for patients and staff.
"The nurses and the doctors, my God, they need a break. They're my heroes," said Dominguez.
Looking ahead, Dominguez expects to present their spring shows, like Cinderella, virtually too. You can stay updated on future events on the company's website.