The Nutcracker

Mariinsky Ballett

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Of all Tchaikovsky’s ballets, The Nutcracker is best suited for families. The fairy-tale plot based on E. T. A. Hoffmann’s story tells of a girl’s dream under the Christmas tree, in which an evil mouse king attacks the toys until he is defeated and driven away by the brave nutcracker. The actual fairy tale is grippingly told in the first act and not interrupted by numerous dances, as is usual in classical ballets. The dances then fill out the second act, a grand, festive finale full of famous numbers, including the "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" and the "Waltz of the Flowers." Since the story takes place on Christmas Eve, The Nutcracker makes a perfect gift and a popular outing during the Christmas season. We will be presenting the classic Mariinsky version featuring festive costumes and magnificent stage sets.

Photo that shows Maria Khoreva Masha Kimin Kim Prince In The Nutcracker By Valentin Baranovsky © State Academic Mariinsky Theatre. © Natasha-Razina-©-State-Academic-Mariinsky-Theatre
© Natasha-Razina-©-State-Academic-Mariinsky-Theatre


The Nutcracker
Fairy-tale ballet in two acts
Music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Libretto by Marius Petipa after E. T. A. Hoffmann,
in an arrangement by Vasili Vainonen

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