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The Nutcracker and the Mouse KingNew Production

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OpernhausFalkenstrasse 1, Zürich, 8008, Switzerland
2017 October 14 19:00, October 20 19:00, October 29 14:00, November 03 20:00, November 10 19:00, November 11 19:30, December 09 19:00, December 12 19:00, December 15 19:00, December 17 20:00, 2018 February 02 19:00, February 03 19:00, February 28 19:00, March 16 20:00, March 17 19:00, April 13 19:00, April 15 20:00
Performers
Ballett Zürich
Paul ConnellyConductor2017 Oct 14, Dec 09, 12, 15, 17, 2018 Feb 02, 03, 28, Mar 16, 17, Apr 13, 15
Yannis PouspourikasConductor2017 Oct 20, 29 mat, Nov 03, 10, 11
Rufus DidwiszusSet Designer
Buki ShiffCostume Designer
Philharmonia Zürich
Giulia TonelliDancer
Anna KhamzinaDancer
Michelle WillemsDancer
Viktorina KapitonovaDancer
Melissa LigurgoDancer
William MooreDancer
Dominik SlavkovskyDancer

Anyone who thinks of Piotr Tchaikovsky’s ballet music for The Nutcracker will immediately hear the magical sound of the celesta that accompanies the famous dance of the sugar plum fairy, and will see before their mind’s eye the splendour of a room decorated for Christmas, dancing snowflakes and the momentum of the waltz of the flowers. Tchaikovsky’s music is imaginative, vivid and incisive, and has made the Nutcracker one of the most popular works of the ballet repertoire. Behind the catchy melodies is the story of the girl Marie, who – under the spell of Christmas present-giving – works herself up into an eerie, feverish dream during which toy figures and sweetmeats come to life and become involved in a battle with dangerous mice, at the end of which the victorious wooden nutcracker emerges as Marie’s Prince Charming. The plot of The Nutcracker is based on a fairy tale by E.T.A. Hoffmann, which lost much of its darkly romantic mystery in its adaptation as a ballet libretto. The second act of the ballet, for example, consists only of a divertissement that has almost no plot, featuring a colourful sequence of dances and stage effects. Hoffmann, by contrast, continues to develop the plot and tells a fairy tale within the fairy tale (which is omitted in the ballet) and to oscillate cleverly between imagination and reality. In his new production of this large-scale classic ballet, Christian Spuck is more interested in the fantastical nature of the original story than in the delightful Christmas fairy tale. He combines Tchaikovsky’s music with the demonic, humour, the bizarre and the diverse range of figures that inhabit Hoffmann’s story.

Yen Han, Matthew Knight (Clowns) and Willian Moore (Nutcracker) © Gregory Batardon
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