Because of Tchaikovsky’s imaginative music, “The Nutcracker“ is one of the most popular works of the ballet repertoire, instantly bringing to mind scenes of a splendidly decorated Christmas room, dancing snowflakes and the waltz of the flowers. The plot of “The Nutcracker“ is based on a novella by E.T.A. Hoffmann. While the masterful fairytale virtuously jumps back and forth from a dream to reality, in its adaptation as a ballet libretto by Alexandre Dumas and Marius Petipa, it lost much of its dark romantic fantasy.
Christian Spuck attempts to distance himself from the Dumas/Petipas version in his choreography and puts the literary origin at the heart of his ballet, emphasizing the fantastical nature of the original rather than the delightful Christmas fairytale and bringing back the fairytale of the princess Pirlipat, who turns into a nut monster, as told by E.T.A. Hoffmann. In Rufus Didwiszus’ stage setting, the workshop of the godfather Drosselmeier turns into an old revue-theater, where the characters of the ballet come to life. Spuck’s choreography plays with the richness of characters in Hoffmann’s narrative cosmos, the absurdity and overwrought humor that inhabit them while at the same time looking down into the dark abyss of Romanticism.
|Soloist(s):||Dominik Slavkovský, Michelle Willems, Daniel Mulligan, William Moore, Yen Han, Matthew Knight, Ina Callejas, Giulia Tonelli, Mélissa Ligurgo, Cohen Aitchison-Dugas, i.a.|
|Stage Designer:||Rufus Didwiszus|
|Costume Designer:||Buji Shiff|
|Venue:||Zurich Opera House|
|Directed by:||Michael Beyer|
|In Co-production with:||NHK|
|In Association with:||Zurich Opera House|
|Photo credit:||Gregory Batardon|