TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Nutcracker (The) (Staatsballet Berlin)

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The Nutcracker, Op. 71
Ballet Company: Staatsballett Berlin
Choreographer: Burlaka, Yuri
Choreographer: Medvedev, Vasily

Drosselmayer: Banzhaf, Michael
Nutcracker: Walter, Marian
Prince Coqueluche: Walter, Marian
The Sugar Plum Fairy: Salenko, Iana
Young Clara: Iseki, Elena

Corps de Ballet: Staatsballett Berlin
Conductor: Reimer, Robert
Television Director: Sommer, Andy
Set/Stage Designer: Voytenko, Andrey
Costume Designer: Noginova, Tatiana

Venue: Deutsche Oper Berlin
Playing Time: 01:52:52
Catalogue Number: BAC125
UPC: 3760115301252

At long last, the Staatsballett Berlin is once more dancing The Nutcracker, one of the most popular ballets ever. Vasily Medvedev and Yuri Burlaka, two Russian choreographers and connoisseurs of the tradition, have developed a version for the Staatsballett Berlin which is based on the historic stage designs and choreography from the original of 1892. The stage designs and costumes have been modeled on the historic designs, part of the treasures of the Russian ballet archives.

The choreography, which was created for Lev Ivanov's inaugural performance, is largely based on his specifications - after all, it was he who gave this ballet his unmistakable style of dancing and whose art continues to be stylistically influential even to this day.

In combination with the brilliance of modern dance, this production - a loving reconstruction designed as a great ballet feerie - reveals all of its nostalgic charm and promises the wonderful anticipation of Christmas: it's as if Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky had composed the falling of snowflakes or the fragrance of Christmas spices - a piece of musical genius.

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