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The Nutcracker in rehearsal 2016 (The Royal Ballet)2017 arianna david isola dei famosi
In , he revised it, giving more prominence to the young heroine Clara and to the magician Drosselmeyer, who directs the action. The party scene is a marvel of cosy 19th-century scene-setting and vivid observation. His dancing is bold and buoyant, with a strong jump and tender partnering. Sarah Lamb is an elegant Sugar Plum Fairy, despite some moments of tension. Steven McRae is alert and assured as her prince. Yasmine Naghdi brings distinctive, airy phrasing to the Rose Fairy, finding breadth even in the fastest sequences.
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Please refresh the page and retry. W ith its glittering set, fairy-tale transformations and stage wizardry, The Nutcracker is perfect for bringing the magic of the festive season to the stage — small wonder that this tale has become a staple of ballet repertories the world over. W right has tweaked his production over the intervening years, and the Kingdom of Sweets divertissements in Act II reinforce the sense that we are seeing a story through the eyes of a young girl. His involvement of our heroine Clara and her beau Hans-Peter in those sections streamlines the narrative between the formerly disconnected two acts. These two are charming characters, and Wright has sharpened them well. Alexander Campbell , in particular, displays a natural stage presence, especially so when he cheekily mimes the whole plot of Act I in less than a minute. She is a gorgeous dancer — the flow and lyrical phrasing of her upper body, all fluttery movements and trailing arms, highlights her dramatic intelligence and allows the choreography to ring out in clear tones.
The Nutcracker made its premiere in St. Petersburg's Mariinsky Theatre on December 18th , gaining worldwide fame with Tchaikovsky's suite which featured an exceptional use of the celesta. It has been performed in countless venues around the world with various interpretations, enabling major American ballet companies to gain 40 percent of their annual ticket revenue from the performances. With many memorable pieces such as "Trepak", "Waltz of the Flowers and March" and "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy", the ballet featured harmonies that were ahead of its time and were considered as inventions. The character of the Sugar Plum Fairy was identified with the tender melodies from the celesta, the instrument Tchaikovsky had discovered in Paris.
This year, six ballet companies, including the Royal Ballet , English National Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet , are presenting versions of the piece across the UK, where an estimated quarter of a million people will see them. The versions differ, but all offer a dream of Christmas past. A dream of presents and parties and flickering firelight. Of deep winter, dark nights and ancient magical beliefs. A dream that few of us have ever known as a reality, but which remains a strangely familiar place. Many ballet companies, particularly in the US, are only able to survive because of their Nutcracker revenues.
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Drosselmeyer, a timeless magician and creator of mechanical toys and clocks, was once employed in a royal palace where he invented a trap that killed off half the mouse population. The only way to break the spell was for the Nutcracker to slay the Mouse King, thereby committing an act of great bravery, and for a young girl to love and care for him in spite of his awful appearance. When Drosselmeyer is invited to entertain the guests at a Christmas party that his friends, the Stahlbaums, are giving, he decides that this could well be the opportunity he has been looking for.