WASHINGTON - Can't make it to the ballet this holiday season? Dance through the home of Clara in Artechouse's Imaginary World of the Nutcracker, the digital art gallery's fourth interactive exhibit, inspired by the original story.
The installation is designed like a game: watch for more than 40 small details, like toy soldiers and mice, and discover hidden characters, triggered by movement within the room.
The immersive display features visuals by artist Sila Sveta, the team behind this year's MET Gala light installations, and is set to Tchaikovsky's classical score from the original ballet.
Artechouse's interactive augmented reality app also takes center stage with this one - three decorated mats in the center of the floor display thematic "pop-ups" as visitors use the technology to reveal a Christmas tree, a marching nutcracker and twirling ballerina.
Spirited cocktails accompany the scene - not unlike Artechouse's last three exhibits - featuring names and ingredients that match the story: peppermint candy canes, mistletoe, and sugar plum fairies.
As for the choice of seasonal topic, founders Tati and Sandro have a personal connection to the story. Sandro Kereselidze's great-great uncle was a co-founder of the New York City Ballet whose Nutcracker choreography has long been performed on American stages.
Get into the holiday spirit and get your tickets now! The exhibit runs through January 7, 2018.
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