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Suddenly, she sits up — something is not right. Out of nowhere, giant mice scurry into the room, and the Christmas tree begins to grow, higher and higher, until it towers over Marie.

The Nutcracker leads the toy soldiers into battle with the mice, and Marie helps him by throwing her slipper at the fierce Mouse King, who the Nutcracker then slays. Now that the Mouse King is dead, an ancient spell has been broken, and the Nutcracker is transformed into a handsome prince.

The children enter a beautiful forest, where the snowflakes dance a lovely waltz and guide Marie and the Prince toward the Christmas Star. Marie and the Prince arrive in the Land of Sweets and are greeted by the beautiful Sugarplum Fairy and all the other inhabitants of her realm. The Prince tells the story of the battle with the mice, describing how Marie helped him defeat the Mouse King.

Everyone is delighted that the Prince and Marie are safe, and the Sugarplum Fairy leads them to a glittering throne, where they can enjoy cakes and candies. Then comes the Waltz of the Flowers, with a shimmering Dewdrop dancing among the lovely blooms, and finally, the Sugarplum Fairy returns with her Cavalier to perform a majestic dance.

Everyone returns to bid them farewell, and they soar off in a sleigh pulled by flying reindeer. In , E. Hoffman published The Nutcracker and the Mouse King , a scary fairy-tale intended only for adults.

Marius Petipa, chief ballet master of the Russian Imperial Ballet, liked this new story and decided to have it made into a ballet. Tchaikovsky's original score contains an overture and 15 numbers. Act I is divided into two scenes comprising Nos.

The titles of numbers in French italic type and Russian Cyrillic are taken from the published score, with English translations added in bold type.

Hoffmann [7]. Act I. The parents are decorating the tree. Nine o'clock strikes, on a clock consisting of an owl which flaps its wings at each stroke. The children burst into the room with some friends, and all join in a lively march round the room, before breaking into a galop. Then the other children's parents enter, dressed as fops and dandies.

A general dance follows, which is interrupted by the arrival of Councillor Drosselmeyer, who is Clara's godfather. The children are alarmed at his odd appearance, until they see that he has brought them toys: a mechanical doll, a toy soldier, Harlequin and Colombine. He produces these from a large cabbage and from a large pie, much to the children's delight. Silberhaus orders the more expensive toys to be moved to his study, but Clara and Fritz want to play with them.

Clara bursts into tears. To console them, Drosselmeyer gives them a huge Nutcracker in the form of a soldier, which enchants Clara. Fritz hears the noise of the nuts cracking, and tries to seize the nutcracker.

When Clara reluctantly lets him play with it, he tries to crack a nut so big that it is the Nutcracker which breaks.

Clara picks up the broken Nutcracker and cradles it in her arms. The scene ends with a general Grandfather dance. After everyone has gone to bed Clara comes down to see her Nutcracker, which seems to be giving off a mysterious light. Midnight strikes, and mice appear from every corner. The dolls spring to life, and gingerbread soldiers left over from tea begin to march to and fro.

She tries to run away, but her legs will not carry her. The Christmas-tree grows enormously in size. Dolls and soldiers join in battle with the mice, who overwhelm the soldiers.

They will take it from the stage to physical places. Dancers will travel to the bayous and sugar cane fields as they showcase the stories that are hidden in these scenic backdrops. Porter, one of the Creole Nutcracker creators, said it is important to give every child a chance to be on stage, no matter their skill set.

Homepage Homepage Showcase. It was the work of the director of the Imperial Theatres in St. Vsevolozsky thought another ballet based on a children's story would be just as successful as The Sleeping Beauty. He picked Hoffmann's fairy tale "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King" as the subject for the new ballet. This story was loved by Russians.

He wrote an adaptation of Hoffmann's story based on the Alexandre Dumas translation. He dropped much of the original. Petipa adapted Vsevolozsky's story to the requirements of ballet. Vsevolozsky then pressured Tchaikovsky into writing the music for the ballet. Tchaikovsky did not like the adaptation of Hoffmann's story, but he agreed to write the music.

Petipa designed the dances. He gave Tchaikovsky special directions about how the music was to be written. For example, he wanted a great crescendo of 48 bars as the Christmas tree rose higher and higher in Act 1. He wrote that the music for the "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" should sound like drops of water splashing in a fountain. In March the music was almost complete. Tchaikovsky took the " Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy ", the " Waltz of the Flowers ", and other numbers from the ballet to form the minute Nutcracker Suite.

It was first played for the Russian Musical Society. The organization's members loved it. Nutcracker Suite is still played today. Tchaikovsky completed the music for the ballet in April Rehearsals started in September Petipa fell ill and his assistant Lev Ivanov completed the dances.

The run ended in January after eleven performances. In , choreographer Alexander Gorsky staged a production. They were now played by adults instead of children. A shortened version of the ballet was first performed outside Russia in Budapest 's Royal Opera House in In , Vasili Vainonen , choreographer of the Kirov Ballet , staged a version of the work which was also influenced by the criticisms of the original production.

He also cast adult dancers in the roles of Clara and the Prince, as Gorsky had. The Vainonen version influenced several later productions.

The first complete performance outside Russia took place in England in It used a version of Petipa's original choreography. Annual performances of the ballet have been staged there since The ballet takes place in Germany in the early 19th century. The curtain rises on a Christmas Eve party in the Silberhaus home. Guests arrive. A: No, we sell only vintage originals and do not make or distribute any copies, including digital ones.

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They are often heard in TV commercials The Nutcracker during the Christmas season. The Nutcracker is broken into two completely separate theatrical units, The Nutcracker. Tchaikovsky film The Music Lovers film. There are games and gifts The Nutcracker the children, and dancing for everyone. E-tickets, print-at-home tickets, and copies of tickets are not valid and will not be accepted. Kvartet I. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Permission from the copyright holder, which usually can be identified from the back of each photo, must be sought to republish or reproduce the image for any purpose.
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  1. Oct 31,  · "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms" is an Adventure - Family movie in which we watch a young girl going to a party with her brother, her sister and her father. There she is transported into a magical world where she has to find some answers about her mother and the gift she left her after her death/10(K).
  2. Nov 24,  · On Christmas Eve, a little girl named Marie (Cohen) falls asleep after a party at her home and dreams herself (or does she?) into a fantastic world where toys become larger than life. Her beloved Nutcracker (Culkin) comes to life and defends her from the Mouse King, then is turned into a Prince after Marie saves his life/10(K).
  3. Dec 02,  · The critics were not kind after the first performance of “The Nutcracker” ballet in in St. Petersburg, Russia. The battle scene was called clumsy, the costumes were described as dull, and the Sugar Plum Fairy was dissed as chubby (our word, not theirs). Even the composer found the premiere “rather boring.”.
  4. George Balanchine's The Nutcracker® is one of the most complex theatrical, staged ballets in the Company's active repertory. The popularity of the ballet is immense and it provides an unforgettable spark to everyone's holiday season.
  5. 13 hours ago · The Creole Nutcracker is a spin off of the 19th century ballet, The Nutcracker, and features a gumbo style of dancing. Creators, Jazmyn Jones and Leigha Porter, said they were worried that Covid.
  6. "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King" (German: Nussknacker und Mausekönig) is a story written in by Prussian author E. T. A. Hoffmann, in which young Marie Stahlbaum's favourite Christmas toy, the Nutcracker, comes alive and, after defeating the evil Mouse King in battle, whisks her away to a magical kingdom populated by dolls.

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