Update 9/10/18 – Deadline extended to Friday, September 14th at Midnight EDT! Please read the feedback from Boston Ballet:
- Please use original artwork only in your design.
- Do not use existing images from the challenge board or any other Boston Ballet images (performance, retail, etc.)
- We are looking for designs that have a hand drawn feel.
Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker is one of New England’s most beloved holiday traditions. The ballet will capture your imagination and transport you to a magical world where we follow Clara as she embarks on her journey filled with colorful characters, breathtaking costumes, and majestic scenery.
Boston Ballet is looking for designs for the holiday season that captures the magic of the Christmas tree as seen in Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker. Your pattern, which will be available for purchase as a scarf, should specifically call out elements and decorations of the Christmas tree from the ballet and have a hand drawn feel. We are looking for festive and elegant designs that incorporate colors from the performance while staying within the time period of 19th century Europe. Please find a portion of the story of The Nutcracker below for additional inspiration.
It is Christmas Eve in a small German town in the 1820s. In the town square, the mysterious Drosselmeier performs in his Children’s Theatre and then hurries off to the Silberhaus’ Christmas party with his gifts. Family and friends gather at the Silberhaus home. A favorite of the children, Drosselmeier is the heart of the party, entertaining with magic and the many wonders he has brought- a toy theater, a mechanical ballerina and harlequin, and a live dancing bear. The children are delighted and clamor for more. Drosselmeier has one more surprise up his sleeve-his favorite creation, the Nutcracker. Clara immediately falls in love with the doll and begs him to make it life-size. Clara’s brother Fritz jealously grabs the Nutcracker and accidentally breaks it. Drosselmeier quickly repairs her beloved doll. After the party winds down and the family retires for the night, Clara sneaks back to the living room to find her Nutcracker. There she falls asleep on the sofa. With the house quiet, mice begin to appear and as the clock strikes midnight they have their own party. This startles the sleeping Clara, and just then Drosselmeier reappears. He grants Clara’s wish for a life-size Nutcracker Prince and uses his magical powers to make the tree grow to an incredible size.
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