Kc ballet performs the nutcracker during the holiday season. Once again drosselmeyer calls upon his magic and the nutcracker is transformed into a handsome boy. This dk visual guide to ballet history goes beyond other ballet books, with beautiful photography that captures famous dancers and key stories. This is designed to quickly educate the nondance oriented about this wonderful story ballet. The book has beautiful pictures carry the text along and make the story come to life. Hoffmanns 1816 fairy tale, on which the ballet is based, is troubling. The family in his story, in contrast to the ballet, is called stahlbaum. Magically, he transforms the nutcracker into a dashing prince. They enjoy a picnic excursion with friends in the country. Just as the mouse king is about to overpower the nutcracker doll, clara distracts him, allowing the nutcracker to strike the winning blow. The story of the nutcracker ballet picturebackr and millions of other books are available for amazon kindle. Fancl proudly presents the nutcracker hk ballet hk ballet.
The nutcracker ballet story, characters, and performances. Peter tchaikovsky, the famous russian composer, was commissioned by mastermind choreographer marius petipa to compose the ballet, score based on. The synopsis nycb new york city ballet official site. Connecticut nutcracker ballet performance directory the nutcracker ballet nutcracker performance listings are provided by state and city and by the company performing the nutcracker ballet. Kevin mckenzie, artistic director with pacific symphony one of the great joys of the holiday season, american ballet theatre returns with its critically acclaimed production of the nutcracker. The stahlbaums had prepared for their annual christmas celebration all day.
Shchelkunchik listen help info is an 1892 twoact ballet fairy ballet. Although what is seen on the stage today is different in. Hoffmann was set to music by tchaikovsky and originally choreographed by. Here are five of the greatest stories in ballet there are of course many more. The prince tells the story of the battle with the mice, describing how marie helped him defeat. As prima ballerina, she makes a triumphant debut as the sugar plum fairy.
The ballet of the nutcracker was inspired by the book the story of a nutcracker by alexandre dumas. Her brother becomes jealous of the nutcracker and breaks it. Hoffmanns 1816 tale the nutcracker and the mouse king had been adapted by alexandre dumas he of three musketeers fame in 1844, and it was a ballet based on this version that was. Nutcracker story the nutcracker the nutcracker san jose. Alexandre dumas peres adaptation of the story by e. Heck, shes barely touching the line of being a nerd. The nutcracker ballet actually started as a story written by german author e. The nutcracker catapults the company into the international arena.
As the edwards family prepare for their christmas party, clara imagines the wonderful things that might happen. For more information, please call houston ballet box office at 7. Excitement runs high as last minute preparations are made. Discover more than 70 of the most famous ballet dances, from the nutcracker and swan lake to the rite of spring. Set to tchaikovskys score, this ballet is the christmas favourite for young and old. Free shipping get free shipping free 58 day shipping within the u.
It was originally called the nutcracker and the king of mice. The story of the nutcracker ballet is a beautiful, classic book about the story everybody knows. Among them is a nutcracker given to marie which she loves. Story of the nutcracker st petersburg ballet conservatory. Louis ballet s version of the nutcracker, i played roles such as party girl, soldier, candy cane, and russian. Marie, a young girl, falls in love with a nutcracker doll, whom she only sees come alive when she falls asleep. As prima ballerina, she makes a triumphant debut as the sugar plum fairy in the nutcracker. The community nutcracker of jacksonville guides you through each act with full scene descriptions. History of the nutcracker pacific northwest ballet. Read here about this ballet classic, about the history and where we will be performance this ballet together with other russian ballet performances. Ticket holders are entitled to redeem a complimentary fancl x hk ballet the nutcracker doll christmas edition at selected fancl shops in hong kong, from 1 december 2019 to 15 january 2020.
Already famous as a ballerina, clara is presented to the tsar and tsarina at an imperial ball. Dumas story was an adaptation of the dark fairytale the nutcracker and the mouse king, written by e. Libretto by yuri grigorovich after the fairytale of the same name. Learn about the characters, plot, interesting facts, and upcoming performances of the nutcracker, one of the most famous classical ballets. After the party, marie falls asleep on the sofa with her nutcracker. The nutcracker prince musters his toy infantry and the cavalry. The ferocious king of the mice challenges the nutcracker to a duel. The nutcracker ballet story the most common of many variations the nutcracker ballet is based on the story the nutcracker and the king of mice written by e. The mouse king traps the nutcracker in the corner, but the nutcracker cant overcome the mouse kings strength. Now that the mouse king is dead, an ancient spell has been broken, and the nutcracker is transformed into a handsome prince. Travel with curious clara and her handsome prince as they journey through a kingdom filled with colorful characters and pure holiday magic. Houston ballet s performances of the nutcracker generously sponsored by. Moscow ballet great russian nutcracker celebration dance. Hoffmanns tale contains a long flashback story within its main.
Boston ballet welcomes children and families to all of our performances, and attending the ballet is a wonderful experience to share with your children. Hoffmann, and an interpretation of hoffmans story written by alexandre dumas. The stories are full of love, fantasy and expression. The orchard book of stories from the ballet by geraldine. Dance of the sugar plum fairy from the nutcracker the. Learn the stories behind renowned companies such as the royal ballet and the bolshoi ballet.
He also choreographed for broadway and hollywood musicals. Heartbroken, clara begs uncle drosselmeyer for help. Peter tchaikovsky, the famous russian composer, was commissioned by mastermind choreographer marius petipa to compose the ballet, score based on alexandre dumass adaptation of e. This is designed to quickly educate the nondance oriented about this wonderful. The nutcracker prince transforms the stahlbaums house into the land of snow. The nutcracker ballet was written during the classical period of ballet, a time when many famous ballets were being written and performed.
If youve never seen this ballet, or you need a refresher on the story, weve provided a synopsis for you below. Shes a total bookworm, always choosing to sit in the common room and read a good book rather than. After the battle, the nutcracker turns into a handsome prince. Moscow ballet s acclaimed great russian nutcracker is a holiday tradition in households across north america, and has been enjoyed by prominent figures, including former first family barack and michelle obama, a memory she retells in her 2018 bestselling memoir becoming. The nutcracker leads the toy soldiers into battle with the mice, and marie helps him by throwing her slipper at the fierce mouse king, who the nutcracker then slays. The classic christmas story ballet the origin of the nutcracker, a classic christmas story, is a fairy tale ballet in two acts centered on a familys christmas eve celebration. Synopsis of tchaikovskys nutcracker ballet liveabout. The nutcracker ballet is based on the story the nutcracker and the king of mice written by e. After the party marie comforts the doll and falls asleep. The nutcracker dancers stories american midwest ballet. The nutcracker is able to overcome the stunned mouse king and claims victory. The last of his three ballets, it was first performed in december 1892. How tchaikovskys nutcracker became a christmas classic. Hoffmann was set to music by tchaikovsky and originally choreographed by marius petipa.
Be sure to check out the nutcracker site before you decide where you will see a holiday performance of the nutcracker. However, infants and children under 2 years of age are not allowed in the theater. The nutcracker tells a story about a girl who befriends a nutcracker that comes to life on christmas eve and wages a battle against the evil mouse king. Grandparents and guests begin to arrive to celebrate the holiday with clara, fritz and their parents. It takes great skill to act on stage, whislt still mastering the difficult technique of ballet. The story of the nutcracker ballet scene descriptions. The plot of hoffmanns story and dumas adaptation was greatly simplified for the twoact ballet. The king rat attacks the nutcracker, but clara hits him with her shoe and the nutcracker wins the battle. Shes a prefect, ballet dancer, debate team member and even vice president of the writing club.
I love the tradition that comes with the nutcracker. Hoffmanns original story, nutcracker and mouse king, is darker. Clara makes a desperate move to save her nutcracker from defeat and throws her slipper at the mouse king, hitting him directly on the head. The story begins at the home of the young girl we will call her marie on christmas eve. The nutcracker story the nutcracker was first presented 123 years ago at the mariinsky theatre in st. The story of the nutcracker ballet by deborah hautzig. Herr drosselmeier, maries godfather brings many gifts for the children. The nutcracker is based on the book the nutcracker and the mouse king, by e. Graeme murphys acclaimed reimagining of the nutcracker, like his swan lake, masterfully weaves together the enchantment and fantasy of the beloved classic with emotional depth and a modern perspective clara, a former star of the ballets russes, has settled in australia. Claras quick thinking helps the nutcracker defeat the king of the mice.
Godfather drosselmeier and his apprentice nephew had worked long and hard preparing this years magical gifts and were putting the final touches on their creations. The narrated story of the nutcracker ballet in under 5 minutes. On christmas eve, nearing the end of her life, she relives her past. While the original story was centered around a girl named marie and was considered dark and scary, french writer alexandre dumas adapted it to be much lighter. Drosselmeier and his magical toys on christmas eve. Lifesized toy soldiers, led by the valiant nutcracker, come to her rescue. Hoffman german original of 1816, the nutcracker and the mouse king, but alexandre dumas 1844 french adaptation of hoffmans story, histoire dun cassenoisette the tale of the nutcracker. Hoffmann, the ballet opens with the lively christmas party that is hosted by the stahlbaum family, its victorian setting captured in opulent detail by julia. The dancers have to carry the story, as well as interpret the role.872 136 824 1137 100 1375 1145 410 676 869 898 1414 640 293 763 753 540 564 410 1578 624 1155 490 1186 3 1484 1158 683 461 1250 147 140 951