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A Christmas cracker from the Bolshoi Ballet

Russian Ballet Collection: the Bolshoi’s Nutcracker has a magical and enduring appeal for young and old alike – especially at Christmas time

Russian Ballet Collection. In Tchaikovsky's 'The Nutcracker', a child's Christmas toys magically come to life

Military decoration: Feel the magic of the Bolshoi’s ‘Nutcracker’ this Christmas Photo: Fotolia

ByWim Berenson   9:13AM GMT 15 Dec 2014

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Every winter theatres large and small gather up mice, toy soldiers, snowflakes, frosted bonbons and their biggest Christmas tree to stage the world’s most loved Christmas ballet, The Nutcracker.

There is no more shiveringly magical music in ballet than Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s score, which tinkles and scintillates, and soothes every care away. There is no happier sight than the Sugar Plum Fairy in her Kingdom of Sweets, which through the most visually inventive stage wizardry transports every watcher, of any age, to an ideal childhood. For what could be more joyful than a story of a child who dreams of her toys coming to life and taking her to fairyland?

Yet it is amazing that The Nutcracker survived at all. Its 1892 premiere in St Petersburg became a nightmare for its creators, rather than a dream.

The story was taken from a spooky tale by ETA Hoffmann, and Tchaikovsky and choreographer Marius Petipa had been planning the ultimate in fabulous and strange experiences – the young heroine would ride in a boat drawn by dolphins spouting crystals; the snowflakes would be made dazzling by the discovery of electric lighting; there would be pavilions of barley-sugar and gold-spangled palm trees…

In fact, the original creation’s imperfection has been the key to The Nutcracker’s immortality. Every production must dream up its own view on the elusive fantasy. So sometimes Clara is a little girl, sometimes a teenager who turns into the Sugar Plum Fairy herself – a tradition in Russia.In the Soviet era, The Nutcracker was recast as an opportunity to display the modern vigour of Russian dancing; British and American stagings enhanced the wish-fulfilment, even the darker aspects of Hoffmann’s old story.But The Nutcracker’s abiding enchantment is its music, to which the child in every one of us responds.

 Live From Moscow, a Bolshoi Bonbon

It’s that time of year when everywhere you turn, “The Nutcracker” appears in a different guise or setting: hip-hop and burlesque versions; in opera houses and warehouses; on TV and, courtesy of the Bolshoi Ballet, at the movies. This week, the Bolshoi will broadcast its “Nutcracker” live from Moscow to more than 500 movie theaters in the United States and Canada, including three in Manhattan. The production, choreographed by Yuri Grigorovich, will be led by Anna Nikulina as Marie and Denis Rodkin as the Nutcracker-Prince.

Almost as impressive as the dancing is the behind-the-scenes multilingual commentary by the company’s spokeswoman, Katya Novikova, who pulls dancers aside for interviews between acts and makes you feel as if you’re right there with them. (Sunday, 12:55 p.m., Regal Union Square Stadium 14, 850 Broadway, at 14th Street; AMC Loews Kips Bay 15, 570 Second Avenue, near 32nd Street; and AMC Empire 25, 234 West 42nd Street; Nonlive encores are planned elsewhere;

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City of Mexico-a sample of talent offered The Crown of Russian Ballet “The Ballet of Moscow”, “The Nutcracker”, work which presented at the Cultural Center Theater 1, in this capital.

Under the direction of Anatoly Emelyanov, the company performed the classic tale written by Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann (1776-1822) in 1816, in two acts and five scenes.

In the first part of the show, whose music was composed by pieces by the Russian composer Piotr Ilich Chaikovsky (1840-1893), arose “Clara” and your doll “The Nutcracker”, who, accompanied by various characters, filled with magic enclosure.

The public could witness the battle between the “King of mice” and the soldier, and subsequently, when the scene became a winter forest fell ceiling snowflakes.

In the second Act, as part of this ballet, dancers performed dances from various parts of the world such as Spain, France and China, through a choreography mounted by Emelyanov.

To close with a flourish this famous Christmas representation, which featured music, lights and colorful costumes, “Clear” and “The Nutcracker” danced the grand pas de deux, which earned them a standing ovation by the audience.

Founded in 1997, The Crown of Russian Ballet “The Ballet of Moscow”, one of the most remarkable in the world, has performed in the most important theatres of Russia.

The company, whose job is to take a step towards the future from the classical roots of Russian ballet, has done tours in England, United States, Taiwan, Thailand, Japan, Israel, Germany and Spain. (Notimex)


Alexei Ratmansky presented in Munich Ballet «Paquita»

Photo: Wilfried Hoesl

| Anna Gordeeva (Munich) 

The former head of the Bolshoi’s Alexei Ratmansky Ballet presented in the Bavarian ballet “Pahitu”, which became famous in the staging of Marius Petipa. At the beginning of next year, the performance can be seen on the Internet.

Gypsy Gypsy does not, and the daughter of the French nobleman, as a child rescued stray people when her dad did Spanish villain. Around Zaragoza. Spanish dance-heels and classic is on Pointe. French lieutenant, vlûblâûŝijsâ in character, and the leader of the revnuûŝij tribe. The Bavarian Ballet called the former head of the Bolshoi Ballet by Alexei Ratmanskogo-dance specialist neoklassičeski-strict and often bessûžetnym, is to the reconstructed the lush and intricate Ballet, was first shown at the Paris Opera in the year 1846.

And Ratmansky, now a permanent American Ballet Theatre choreographer, accepted this invitation is not the most obvious possible. Yes, he created a large, together with choreographer-Yuri Burlakoj, a restorer of solemn, weighty “Corsair”. But in the work for authentic fragments answered exactly Burlaka, a specialist in 19th-century ballet, Ratmansky also willingly “Finish” lost in centuries of dancing. In General, the greatest good luck Ratmanskogo have always been associated with composing new texts, rather than the “old” dug up.

«Paquita» in Munich has become a challenge exam for the next step in his career. The resourceful choreographer-to Russian, which can all. 

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