The Nutcracker – ballet up close

Foto: Bettina Stöß Foto: Bettina Stöß

The Nutcracker is an obligatory work on the Staatsballett Berlin program: Vasily Medvedev and Yuri Burlaka, two Russian choreographers and connoisseurs of the ballet tradition, have created a version for the Staatsballett Berlin based on the scenery and choreography used at its world premiere in 1892. In combination with the brilliance of today’s dance art, this production – a loving reconstruction designed as a great ballet-féerie – unfolds its nostalgic charm and is a cheerful lead-in to Christmas: A stroke of musical genius, as if Peter I. Tchaikovsky had composed the falling snowflakes or the scent of spices.

Ticket holders of all ages have the chance to attend a free introduction to The Nutcracker at the Parkettfoyer on November 17. Together with students of the Staatliche Ballettschule Berlin in make-up and costume, who will also take the stage later on, our dance pedagogues Stephanie Greenwald and Stefan Witzel will introduce kids and adults alike to the story, introduce all characters and showcase a few steps 40 minutes prior to the performances.