Wisconsin Center’s Next Immersive Experience Is ‘The Nutcracker’

Like “Beyond Van Gogh” and “Beyond Monet,” this show will be all-encompassing.

Get ready for another immersive experience in Milwaukee. “The Immersive Nutcracker, A Winter Miracle,” is premiering this holiday season in 12 cities across North America, including a stop in Milwaukee at the Wisconsin Center from Dec. 1-31.

Produced by Lighthouse Immersive in partnership with Storywall Entertainment and presented by Paquin Entertainment Group, the Wisconsin Center District and We Energies Foundation, “The Immersive Nutcracker” is an experiential retelling of a young girl’s magical Christmas Eve journey that surrounds the audience in 360-degree, three-dimensional splendor.

Photo by Patrick Hodgson, courtesy of the Wisconsin Center
 
Paquin Entertainment Group is also producing another immersive show, “Beyond Monet,” which is running at the Wisconsin Center through Jan. 8, and also produced “Beyond Van Gogh,” which appeared at the Wisconsin Center last year.

“The Immersive Nutcracker” features whimsical animated characters alongside footage of professional ballet dancers. The joyful, 30-minute immersive experience is set to the sweeping music of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky and encompasses visitors in 500,000 cubic feet of projections composed of more than one million frames of video curating a grand display that relays the tale of “The Nutcracker” from opening to finale.


 

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The projection features beloved scenes set to classical scores like “The March of the Toys,” “The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” and more. Attendees will also have an opportunity to meet a life-size nutcracker.

Based on E.T.A. Hoffman’s 1816 The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, the fairy tale has become a holiday classic, taking the form of ballets, films and more.

Photo by Patrick Hodgson, courtesy of the Wisconsin Center

“The Immersive Nutcracker, A Winter Miracle” is the latest rendition of this timeless classic, using the latest projection mapping technology to chronicle Marie and her beloved toy nutcracker, who comes to life to battle the Mouse King and then takes her on an enchanting adventure across a holiday-themed dreamscape.

“Like so many others, I have grown up with the tradition of enjoying The Nutcracker story,” Lighthouse Immersive producer Svetlana Dvoretsky says. “This production does not replace any of those classics, but it provides a family-friendly experience that pays homage to the story’s ballet roots.”

Photo by Patrick Hodgson, courtesy of the Wisconsin Center

Five fantasy-filled worlds await audiences in “The Immersive Nutcracker” designed by Storywall Entertainment’s creative and technical teams.

World-renowned ballet dancers Denis Rodkin (principal dancer) and Eleonora Sevenard (leading soloist) perform expert choreography amid the brilliant animations with young talents Elizabeth Pivovar and Alexander Marinosyan playing young Marie and her brother Fritz.

Tickets for “The Immersive Nutcracker can be purchased online.


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Photo by Patrick Hodgson, courtesy of the Wisconsin Center

Photo by Patrick Hodgson, courtesy of the Wisconsin Center

Photo by Patrick Hodgson, courtesy of the Wisconsin Center

Photo by Patrick Hodgson, courtesy of the Wisconsin Center

Photo by Patrick Hodgson, courtesy of the Wisconsin Center

Photo by Patrick Hodgson, courtesy of the Wisconsin Center

Photo by Patrick Hodgson, courtesy of the Wisconsin Center

Photo by Patrick Hodgson, courtesy of the Wisconsin Center

Photo by Patrick Hodgson, courtesy of the Wisconsin Center

Photo by Patrick Hodgson, courtesy of the Wisconsin Center

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Rich Rovito is a freelance writer for Milwaukee Magazine.