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‘The Nutcracker’ ballet reimagined 

Alternative ‘Nutcracker’ in high definition to play in Jaffrey Saturday

  • Ballett Zürich - Nussknacker und Mausekönig - 2017/18© Gregory Batardon

  • Ballett Zürich - Nussknacker und Mausekönig - 2017/18© Gregory Batardon

  • Ballett Zürich - Nussknacker und Mausekönig - 2017/18© Gregory Batardon

  • Ballett Zürich - Nussknacker und Mausekönig - 2017/18© Gregory Batardon

  • Ballett Zürich - Nussknacker und Mausekönig - 2017/18© Gregory Batardon

  • Ballett Zürich - Nussknacker und Mausekönig - 2017/18© Gregory Batardon


Friday, November 23, 2018 11:27AM

The innovative Ballet Zürich production of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker and The Mouse King” will be shown in high definition at the River Street Theatre on Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. 

The classic family holiday event is re-imagined with breathtaking art direction, costuming and dancing by one of the world’s most most critically acclaimed ballet companies. Because of Tchaikovsky’s imaginative music, “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” is one of the most popular works of the ballet repertoire, instantly bringing to mind scenes of a splendidly decorated Christmas room, dancing snowflakes and the waltz of the flowers. The plot is based on a novella by E.T.A. Hoffmann, whose masterful fairytale virtuously jumps back and forth from a dream to reality. But in its adaptation as a ballet libretto by Alexandre Dumas and Marius Petipa, it lost much of its dark romantic fantasy.

In the Ballet Zürich production, Christian Spuck attempts to distance himself from the Dumas/Petipas version in his choreography and puts the literary origin at the heart of his ballet, emphasizing the fantastical nature of the original rather than the Christmas fairytale and  bringing back the tale of the princess Pirlipat, who turns into a nut monster. The work shop of the godfather Drosselmeier turns into an old revue-theater, where the characters of the ballet come to life.

Tickets are $15. (Children 12 and under are $10). Advance ticket purchases are encouraged due to the intimate nature of the theater. The box office telephone number is 532-8888 or go to riverst.org/calendar. 

This presentation is special event of the RST’s Stage2Screen Series. The River Street Theatre is a project of the soon-to-be-built Park Theatre performing arts center.