Duration: one hour e 30 minutes with interval
It is the ballet which more than any other is most suited to Christmas, the magic of the holiday period, to gifts and the dreams of children which at times become nightmares, but which always have a happy ending. It is also a test of technique and interpretation that the pupils of the Accademia Teatro alla Scala Ballet School take on with the talent and enthusiasm of youngsters who study with passion and determination to become the professionals of the future.
The choreography created in 2011 by Frédéric Olivieri, at the time the director of the school and now the director of the Corps de Ballet at the Scala, maintains the fantastical and dreamlike atmosphere of the original ballet created in 1892 by Lev Ivanov, who took over from the elderly and unwell Marius Petipa, to the wonderful music created by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The story is based on the tale by Ernst Hoffmann, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, but in the less gloomy version written by Alexandre Dumas père, Histoire d'un casse-noisette.
The main roles will be performed by debuting pupils from the 6th and 8th courses, who will be performing some of the most famous moments from the romantic repertoire, from the Waltz of the Snowflakes to the Pas de deux between the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Prince, from the traditional dances - Russian, Arabic and Chinese, to the Waltz of the flowers.
Piccolo Teatro Strehler
from 13 to 22 December 2019
choreography Frédéric Olivieri, from Lev Ivanovič Ivanov
staged by Maurizio Vanadia
music Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
sets and costumes Roberta Guidi di Bagno
Accademia Teatro alla Scala Ballet School