Der Nussknacker
Ballet in two acts
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DER NUSSKNACKER ist ein Ballett, das weihnachtliche
Vorfreude verspricht: Als hätte Peter I. Tschaikowsky das Herabfallen von Schneeflocken oder den Duft weihnachtlicher Gewürze komponiert — ein Geniestreich. Er beklagte noch während der Schaffenszeit die „gänzliche Unmöglichkeit,
die Zuckermandel-Feerie in Töne zu malen“, aber tatsächlich hatte er den Nerv des Publikums getroffen.

Das Staatsballett Berlin tanzt DER NUSSKNACKER in einer Fassung von Patrice Bart. Der französische Choreograph erzählt von der kleinen, etwas traurigen Marie, die am Weihnachtsabend von Drosselmeier, ihrem Patenonkel, einen Nussknacker geschenkt bekommt, der sich in einen leibhaftigen Prinzen verwandelt und sie zu einer Reise in ein phantastisches Traumreich einlädt. Marie trifft dort ihre verloren geglaubte Mutter wieder, und es wird ein rauschendes Fest gefeiert.

Natürlich gibt es auch einen leuchtenden Weihnachtsbaum ...
Storyline
PROLOGUE
The family of the Grand Duchess is attacked by revolutionaries. Her husband is killed in the attack and her little daughter, Marie, is abducted. Maries favourite toy the nutcracker in the colours of her father’s regiment is left. A witness to this deed is Drosselmeier, an astronomer with a monocle that allows him to have an extented, deeper view into the events of the world. He knows all. The limits of time and space, man are imposed, are no obstacle for him.



ACT ONE
Fourteen years later. Marie is now about 17 years old.
Place: the Christmas room at Stahlbaum’s
Numerous relatives and guests are spending Christmas Eve with Dr. Stahlbaum and his family. Marie lives with the Stahlbaums as their adopted daughter and she has a step brother Fritz and a step sister Luise. In spite of all the efforts of the family to include her in family life she is always apart: Marie does not want to be part of the world around her, she feels herself to be a stranger.
Drosselmeier is also a guest on Christmas Eve. He gives the children presents: Fritz receives two battalions of tin soldiers. One is wearing the uniform of Marie’s real father, the Grand Duke. Luise receives a doll. Drosselmeier presents Marie her nutcracker. From now on Marie constantly clutches her nutcracker to herself and will not let it out of her hands. Although she does not realise it, the nutcracker is Marie’s unconscious connection with the world she came from. The children want to start a game with Marie with the nutcracker and the tin soldiers. A quarrel begins. Marie feels hemmed in, throws down the box with the tin soldiers and breaks them.
Christmas Eve is over. Marie goes back into the living-room alone to get her nutcracker which she had left there after the quarrel. Tired out, she falls asleep in the chair in the living-room with the nutcracker in her arms.
While she is asleep she is plagued with nightmares, the tin soldiers she broke come to life in her dream. The battalion in the uniform of Maries real father fight against the other battalion which takes shape of Maries abductors. In great fear Marie throws the nutcracker at them. The nutcracker breaks and turns into a prince. Drosselmeier brings Marie an the prince in a pas de trois together.
Marie awakes in the arms of Drosselmeier. Drosselmeier decides to take Marie back to her real mother, the Grand Duchess. The two of them travel in a balloon to the country of the Grand Duchess. The waltz of the snow flakes accompanies their path through the snow, the territory of the Snow Queen.



ACT TWO
The kingdom of the Grand Duchess. A country of ice. Crystal palace.
The Grand Duchess never gets over the lost of her daughter. After a long jouney Drosselmeier and Marie have reached the country of the Grand Duchess. The mother and Drosselmeier dance a pas de deux in which the Grand Duchess gives her gratitude and pleasure to Drosselmeier. Happy about the return of her daughter, the Grand Duchess arranges a ball with the motto “flowers”. In a solo Drosselmeier demonstrates his magic abilities. Ambassadors of different nations are invited and their countries are introduced with a characteristic dance. The guest of honour of the celebration appears in the uniform of the Grand Duke’s regiment and thus the regiment of the nutcracker. It is the prince with whom the Grand Duchess wishes to marry her daughter. To celebrate their engagement, Marie and the prince dance a grand pas-de-deux. Drosselmeier recognizes his mission as fullfilled and he disappears ...

Sunday, 03.01.2010
15.00 h
16 - 66 €

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03 | 03 January 2010


Choreography and Staging: Patrice Bart
Music: Peter I. Tschaikowsky
Sets and Costumes: Luisa Spinatelli
Conductor: Peter Ernst Lassen
Staatskapelle Berlin
Solisten und Corps de ballet des Staatsballetts Berlin
Schülerinnen und Schüler der Staatlichen Ballettschule Berlin

Marie: Iana Salenko
Nutcracker Prince: Dinu Tamazlacaru
Grand Duchess: Nadja Saidakova
Drosselmeier: Martin Buczkó

2:20 h | 1 intermission