The Australian Ballet is guaranteeing we will all feel like springing into Spring in Melbourne 12 – 25th September with their production at the Melbourne Arts Centre of Peter Wright’s The Nutcracker, which first saw the light of day at St Petersburg in Russia.
The musical score alone by Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) has the ability to draw you into the wonderful ‘toy story’ world that heralds the arrival of Christmas time. It’s extraordinary emotional intensity has enjoyed enormous popularity since the ballet’s premiere at the Mariinsky Theatre on December 18th, 1892.
Sydneysiders will have the joy and pleasure of seeing it for Christmas at the Sydney Opera House, which is the most traditional time to enjoy it, especially with your family. This production has been likened to a ‘Victorian Christmas Card with its ravishing costumes and virtuoso choreography that thrills the senses.
It is all about Clara, a young ballet student, who is celebrating with her family at a Christmas Eve party. A magician named Drosselmeyer, gives her a nutcracker doll. When the clock strikes twelve the doll becomes a prince and Clara is whisked away to fantastical lands where dances by the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier, as well as by Spanish, Arabian, Chinese, Russian and Danish Shepherdess dancers all celebrate the arrival of Clara and the Prince.
Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet, David McAllister, said the season will be the icing on the cake for 2014. “We’ve had a full year, keeping audiences engrossed with narrative classics, contemporary works and Australian premieres. I can’t think of a better way to complete the ballet package than with The Nutcracker – BOOK MELBOURNE | BOOK SYDNEY