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Ballet in two acts after the story by E. T. A. Hoffmann - 1971

Choreography John Neumeier · Composer Peter I. Tschaikowsky

Monday, 28. December 2020
07:00 pm – 09:25 pm
Nationaltheater

Duration est. 2 hours 25 minutes · 1. Akt (est. 07:00 pm - 07:55 pm ) · Interval (est. 07:55 pm - 08:25 pm ) · 2. Akt (est. 08:25 pm - 09:20 pm )

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Cast

Conductor
Gavin Sutherland
Choreography
John Neumeier
Set Design
Jürgen Rose
Music
Peter I. Tschaikowsky

Konsul Stahlbaum
N.N.
Frau Konsul Stahlbaum
N.N.
Marie, ihre Tochter
N.N.
Louise, ihre Schwester, eine Ballerina
N.N.
Fritz, ihr Bruder, ein Kadett
N.N.
Ballettmeister Drosselmeier
N.N.
Günther, Anführer der Kadetten
N.N.
  • Soloists and corps de ballet of the Bavarian State Ballet
  • Bayerisches Staatsorchester

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Is The Nutcracker merely a Christmas tale? No, not necessarily - A winter tale, perhaps. Most of all, the nutcracker is a birthday present for Marie! John Neumeier chooses to tell the poetic fairy tale The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E.T.A. Hoffmann in a different way. “A new classic was born”, said Dorion Weickmann, “an everlasting staple of ballet repertory full of insights on human relationships that were, and are still, highly relevant in society.” Neumeier said in 1975, only four years after giving this all-time favorite family classic a fresh face. The American choreographer, then and now artistic director of the Hamburg Ballet, reduced the old-fashioned tale to its essential message: Marie is growing up - with all the emotions, conflicts and feelings that this laborious process entails. With innate drama, baroque elegance and clever humor, Neumeier created a tableau that is far from Hoffmann’s original tale. His The Nutcracker boldly comments on the state of our society, it is a family portrait and a story of the rite of passage. Moreover, it’s a deep bow of respect to the high art of classical ballet. None other than Petipa himself whisks away Marie to the foreign (dream-) world of the theater. There, she encounters and surrenders to the charm of famous ballets characters – but rest assured: the audience is right with her on that.

 

Act I

1st Scene:
Marie's Birthday
Marie turns 12 years old – an age where playing with dolls is no longer of interest. Her brother Fritz, a cadet, brings his comrades while Marie´s sister Louise, a prima ballerina of the court theatre, is accompanied by ballet master Mr. Drosselmeier.
Cadet Günther, the spokesman of the regiment and a dear friend of Fritz, gives Marie a nutcracker doll for her birthday, while Mr. Drosselmeier hands Marie a pair of pointe shoes as a present. She is mesmerized by the ballet master, and has a secret crush on the handsome Günther.

2nd Scene: Marie's Dream – The Rehearsal
Once the party guests have left the house, Marie returns to the living room with her nutcracker doll in hands to secretly try on the pointe shoes. She is startled by a vision of Mr. Drosselmeier. In her dream, he introduces her to the magical and mysterious world of the theatre. Marie is enchanted by this environment. She is rejoined by Günther, who is a soloist at the court theatre ballet and dances with him on pointe. Marie becomes part of an ensemble rehearsal.

Act II

3rd Scene:
Marie's Dream – The Performance
Drosselmeier shows Marie how a performance is created: The empty stage fills with settings and people preparing to perform. Drosselmeier demonstrates different divertissements and occasionally joins the ensemble. Even Marie´s brother Fritz appears as a dancer. The performance culminates in a grand finale after which the theatre world suddenly disappears – Marie is awakened and has to part with her dream.

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Biographies

Gavin Sutherland is Music Director of English National Ballet, and has for over 25 years enjoyed a wide and diverse career as conductor, arranger and orchestrator. He made his BBC Proms debut in 2016, and his Royal Opera House debut in 2017.

Born in County Durham, he graduated from the University of Huddersfield. In 2019 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of the University for distinguished services to music.

Over the last 25 years, he has collaborated with nationally- and internationally-acclaimed dance companies and orchestras. He has recorded over 100 CDs. This strand of his career has led to a fruitful collaboration with the BBC, most notably with the BBC Concert Orchestra, as well as the Royal Ballet Sinfonia. Sutherland has recorded numerous film scores with the London Symphony Orchestra, and the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, and many other recordings with the Münchner Rundfunksorchester and Australian Philharmonic Orchestra.

As ENB’s Music Director he collaborates artistically on all company repertoire, including orchestrating Vincenzo Lamagna’s score for the Olivier Award-winning Akram Khan’s Giselle and arranging, orchestrating and reconstructing much of the company’s production of Le Corsaire.

He has performed at venues as diverse as the Sydney Opera House and Buckingham Palace, and he frequently talks about music on TV and radio. In 2019, he was nominated for the Critics’ Circle National Dance Award for Outstanding Contribution. 
In the 2020/21 season he will give his first performances with the Bayerisches Staatsballett in the procductions Der Schneesturm (The Blizzard) and Cinderella.

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