The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

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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, one of the most famous writers of German Romanticism. While Hoffmann’s masterful fairy tale jumps eerily back and forth from a dream to reality, many of the ballet adaptations, like Peter Wright's and Marius Petipa's, have lost the darkness woven throughout this romantic fantasy.

In this production, choreographer Christian Spuck attempts to distance himself from traditional choreography and puts the literary origin at the heart of his ballet. Spuck emphasizes the fantastical nature of Hoffman's story and brings back the tale of princess Pirlipat, who turns into a nut monster.

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. Spucks’ choreography plays with the richness of characters in E.T.A. 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.

Cast & Crew

(Choreographer), Rufus Didwiszus (SetDesign), William Moore (The Nutcracker), Dominik Stavkovsky (Herr Drosselmeyer), Cohen Aitchison-Dugas (Mouse King), Mélissa Ligurgo (Mouse Queen), Michelle Willems (Marie), Giulia Tonelli (Princess Pirlipat), Anna Khamzina (Lead Flower), Ina Callejas (Accordionist), (Director)

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