Ballet 2011-2012: Nutcracker

Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 November (Check with your local participating cinema for any additional screenings)

Performed by the State Academic Bolshoi Theatre of Russia

Choreography and direction: Yuri Grigorovich

Performers: Stahlbaum Alexei Loparevich His wife Olga Suvorova Fritz, their son Anna Proskurnina Marie, their daughter Nina Kaptsova Drosselmeyer Denis Savin Nutcracker Artem Ovcharenko The Mouse King Pavel Dmitrichenko

Music: Pytor Illyitch Tchaikovksy, directed by Pavel Klinichev with libretto by Yuri Grigorovich Set design: Simon Virsaladze With the Orchestra of the Bolshoi State Theatre With the Bolshoi soloists and the Bolshoi Corps de Ballet

Based on a fantastic tale of the same name by Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffman and with ideas from Marius Petipa’s script.

Created and presented for the first time in 1982 at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Nutcracker is Tchaikovsky’s last ballet. Composed within one year, the music is certainly one of today’s most popular ballet music and Nutcracker, one of Tchaikovsky’s most popular piece of work. Created for the Bolshoi, Yuri Grigorovich’s choreographic version is full of romanticism and philosophical reflections on ideal love. This version became one of the great classics of the twentieth century.

On Christmas Eve, Marie’s godfather, Drosselmeyer, offers her a nutcracker in the shape of a soldier. At midnight, after the celebrations are over, Marie watches a miracle: the Christmas tree begins to grow, the toys come to life and all the lead soliders are under Nutcracker’s command. The Mouse King and its army of mice declare war. Nutcracker flies to Marie’s rescue as she is threatened by the mice army...

Running time: Approximately 1 hour 24 minutes (including one intermission)


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