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21 May 2017 (Sun), 13:00 Mikhailovsky Classical Ballet and Opera Theatre (established 1833) - Classical Ballet Peter Tchaikovsky "The Nutcracker" (Ballet in 2 Acts).Choreography by Nacho Duato

Running time: 2 hours 15 minutes (till 15:15)

The performance has 1 intermission

Schedule for Peter Tchaikovsky "The Nutcracker" (Ballet in 2 Acts).Choreography by Nacho Duato 2017/2018

Composer: Peter Tchaikovsky
Choir: Children's Choir of St. Petersburg TV and Radio
Choreography: Nacho Duato
Lighting Designer: Fabrice Kebour
Lighting Designer: Brad Fields
Choreographer’s Assistant: Tony Fabre
Musical Director: Pavel Bubelnikov

Orchestra: Mikhailovsky Symphony Orchestra
Ballet company: Mikhailovsky Ballet

Classical Ballet in 2 act

Premiere of this production: 12 December 2013, Mikhailovsky theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia

The Nutcracker is a two-act ballet, originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with a score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The libretto is adapted from E.T.A. Hoffmann's story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.

Although the original production was not a success, the twenty-minute suite that Tchaikovsky extracted from the ballet was. However, the complete Nutcracker has enjoyed enormous popularity since the late 1960s and is now performed by countless ballet companies, primarily during the Christmas season, especially in the U.S. Major American ballet companies generate around 40 percent of their annual ticket revenues from performances of The Nutcracker.

Tchaikovsky's score has become one of his most famous compositions, in particular the pieces featured in the suite.




Synopsis

Act I 
The action takes place in an old German town at the start of the last century but one. Night is falling. It is Christmas Eve and the streets are busy and festive. Drosselmeyer, an eccentric inventor and toy maker loved by children, is among those invited to see the Christmas tree at the large, brightly lit house of Herr Stahlbaum.
The drawing room in Herr Stahlbaum´s house is beautifully decorated. The guests assemble. Drosselmeyer enters carrying presents.
The party is ready to start. The children rush in.
There is a game of blind man´s buff and Drosselmeyer takes part. He is blindfolded. Masha, Herr Stahlbaum´s young daughter, is the first to be caught.
After the games, there is dancing. Now dressed as a magician, Drosselmeyer does magic tricks and puts on a puppet show–The Mouse King Wishes to Kidnap the Princess, but the Courageous Nutcracker Kills the Mouse King and Saves the Princess.
Drosselmeyer´s ideas seem inexhaustible. He makes clockwork toys including a clown, a doll and a blackmail dance for the children. The Nutcracker, however, is Masha´s favourite.
Franz takes the Nutcracker from Masha and the head comes off in his hands. Drosselmeyer quickly mends the Nutcracker. Masha cuddles and comforts her damaged favourite. It is late and the guests must depart. The party comes to an end with some dances.
Masha says goodnight to the Nutcracker and the candles on the tree are extinguished. Masha´s nanny takes her to bed.

Act II 
Masha goes to bed and falls asleep. She dreams that mice have taken over the drawing room. They are headed by the Mouse King.
The Nutcracker leads the tin soldiers in the attack. Masha follows him. Overcoming her fear, she throws her slipper at the Mouse King at a decisive point in the battle, thus saving the Nutcracker. The Mouse King has been defeated and disappears together with his troops.
Drosselmeyer turns Masha and the Nutcracker into a beautiful Prince and Princess. They are caught up in a blizzard and their journey to a fairy-tale land begins.

Masha and the Nutcracker are sailing along a magical river. The Nutcracker drives away some bats and clears the way to an enchanted island.

Celebrations begin. Masha and the Nutcracker are delighted. They dance and celebrate with the others.

Epilogue
Masha is asleep in bed. It will soon be morning. Her magical dream is over. Masha awakes.






Schedule for Peter Tchaikovsky "The Nutcracker" (Ballet in 2 Acts).Choreography by Nacho Duato 2017/2018


Peter Tchaikovsky "The Nutcracker"
 
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Peter Tchaikovsky "The Nutcracker"
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