Friday, 11 May 2012

The Nutcracker. Staatsballet Berlin. 1999.

Watch The Performance Here:

Tchaikovsky is considered to be Russia's great symphonic composer. In his music he achieved
a synthesis of the national musical language of Russia and the compositional forms of the
western European Romantics. His most famous ballets enjoy a position of honor in the
Classical Ballet repertoire because of their melodic intensity and instrumental brilliance.
In the fairy tale "The Nutcracker and the King of the Mice" written by E.T.A. Hoffman,
on which Tchaikovsky's ballet is based, Christmas provides the realistic setting for a
fantastic plot. Fiction and reality are woven together by means of strange and wonderous
occurences to produce a fascinating and unfathomable labyrinth. In 1999, exactly 107 years,
to the day, after the first performance in St. Petersburg, Patrice Bart's choreography of
Tchaikovsky's worldwide success "The Nutcracker" was premiered at the Staatsoper Unter den
Linden in Berlin. Bart placed a prologue before the ballet in which Marie is abducted as
a child in which everything is placed in a modern context.

Barbara Schroeder
Kira Kirillova
Beatrice Knop
Viara Natcheva
Nadja Saidakova
Daniel Barenboim
Vladimir Malakhov
Torsten Handler
Oliver Matz
Steffen Neumann

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