NUTCRACKER

Ballet-feerie in 2 acts with epilogue
Premiere in St.Petersburg

Libretto: Alexey Miroshnichenko
Based on the fairytale of Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann "Nutcracker and Mouse King"
Choreography: Alexey Miroshnichenko
Music: Pyotr Tchaikovsky

Alexandrinsky Theatre
6+

April 19, 19:00

This fairytale is out of season. The story of Nutcracker became a cosmic one as soon as it was born. The magic snowflakes will whirl following the Tchaikovsky’s music for so long as the children will grow up and the adults will believe in miracle.

The version by Miroshnichenko is not a fantasy after the famous storyline, but a veritable classic ballet, yet absolutely new, and, in the same time, magnificent, dramatic and kind.

The events of the show take place in St. Petersburg in 1892 (that’s when the Nutcracker was premiered on the Mariinsky stage). Delicate, impressive and detailed scenography by Alyona Pikalova will bring you into a happy St. Petersburg's house where at the place of one of the kids you may even imagine your own great grandmother. Interiors, furniture, dishes, and toys – all here is so living, warm and authentic that it’s moving you to tears.

The history of Mary, it’s not just a dream and fairytale; it’s a touching history about how we let go of our childhood illusions. Of course, Mary is the main character here, but all the other figures are also very colorful and remarkable: each of them possess his own recognizable personality and his own fascinating dance.

Irrespective of your age, you will believe in this Nutcracker. This fairytale, like a favorite toy, raises the most important feelings and sentiments that keep us warm all our life long.

This spectacle is worth visiting with family. The children will especially enjoy it. And maybe some adult will remember and realize that growing up is not so easy as it seems.


World Premiere: 29 October 2017, Perm Opera and Ballet Theater
Duration: 2 hours with one intermission

This fairytale shows us that love can animate everything in the world, even a doll. And also — that absence of love can turn a human into a doll.

Alexey Miroshnichenko

In musical world of Tchaikovsky the choreographer successfully feels the rhythm of modern life which sometimes looks like phantasmagoria.

Vechernyaya Moskva
PROGRAM

Music: Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Libretto: Alexey Miroshnichenko,
based on the tale by E. T. A. Hoffmann
Choreography: Alexey Miroshnichenko
Musical Director and Conductor: Artyom Abashev
Set Designer: Alyona Pikalova
Costume Designer: Tatiana Noginova
Lighting Designer: Alexey Khoroshev
Assistant Set Designer: Svetlana Nechayeva
Chorus Master: Tatiana Stepanova

Performed by: :
Herr Drosselmeyer — German Starikov
Herr Stahlbaum — Sergei Kreker
Frau Stahlbaum — Anastasia Kostyuk
Marie — Polina Buldakova
The Nutcracker, the Prince — Gabriel Lopez
Fritz — Alexander Taranov
The Mouse King — Ivan Tkachenko
Louise — Olga Zavgorodnyaya
Grandmother — Galina Frolova
Grandfather — Vitaly Dubrovin
Fashionable Girlfriends — Elena Khvatova, Ekaterina Poleshchuk
Officers — Rasmus Ahlgren, Georgy Enaldiev, Nikolay Lantsev

DANCES OF THE SECOND ACT
Spanish Couple — Larisa Moskalenko, Ivan Tkachenko
Arabian Couple — Albina Rangulova, Georgy Enaldiev
Chinese Couple — Ekaterina Pyatysheva, Arnay Omarbayev
Russian Couple — Elena Khvatova, Artyom Mishakov
French Couple — Anna Terentieva,Denis Tolmazov
Italian Couple — Ksenia Barbashyova, Taras Tovstyuk

WALTZ OF THE FLOWERS
The Rose — Pavel Savin
The Lily — Nikolay Lantsev
The Peony — Roman Tarkhanov
The Lotus — Kirill Makurin

Policeman, Chimney Sweep, Bourgeois Family, Drunk Workers, Students, Priest, Raree-Show Man, Street Kids, Grocers, Guests, Nanny, Housemaid, Cooks, Princess With A Pug, Footman, Governess, Mice, Soldiers, Horsemen, Bear Cubs, Snowflakes, Flowers,Pages — ballet dancers and extras
Angels — students of the Perm State Ballet School

LIBRETTO

ACT I
first scene
1892. In St. Petersburg Christmas preparations are underway. A festive atmosphere permeates the streets. Within this yuletide paradise, curious urchins have gathered, a nobleman keeps order,grocers furnish the frozen city dwellers with tea, cakes and sweets. Hurriedly following on behind the numerous guests who have descended on the Stahlbaum’s house is councilman Drosselmeyer.He has prepared a special gift for his goddaughter Marie.
second scene
The Stahlbaums are receiving guests into their home. Preparations for the celebration are complete. Following a signal from the host, the overhead light is extinguished, and the Christmas tree lit up by multicoloured lights. Everyone gasps in amazement.But wait, what’s this? Marie makes out a young officer, who appears to emerge from an old painting hanging on the wall, and asks for her help. Curiously, apart from Marie, no one notices him.. Yet already in the dining room the lights are back on again and children receive their long-awaited presents. Merry dancing begins. Councilman Drosselmeyer enters.Children rush over to him, since he always thinks up something exciting and unusual! Today the godfather has brought costumes and masks, so that the adults can act out the home performance about Princess Pirlipat. Louise — Marie’s sister is to be the princess, and her parents — King and Queen. Grandfather is given Mousilda’s costume while Drosselmeyer’s nephew gets to be the kitchen boy. Drosselmeyer begins his story…Having not been given anything to eat,the frozen Mousilda to the Mouse King and she bites the sleeping Pirlipat. The princess becomes so ugly that even the King and Queen are on the verge of fainting at the sight of her. The King summons Drosselmeyer and orders him to save the princess. But it’s her brother — the councilman’s nephew who comes to her rescue. He gives Pirlipat the magic nut Krakatuk, and her beauty is restored. The mouse is angry beyond all measure. Wanting to get revenge, Mousilda commands her son to attack the courageous boy. All it takes is one bite and Drosselmeyer’s nephew is transformed into a hideous-looking monster, with an enormous mouth. So, what does Pirlipat do? Instead of bestowing thanks upon her saviour — who has now taken on such an ugly appearance — she shuns him… “Poor hero!” Marie with tears in her eyes rushes up to him. “I would never have behaved to you how cruel Pirlipat has!” Drosselmeyer says that from now on his nephew is the Nutcracker, who will continue to crack nuts forever. Mousilda’s bitter revenge for the Krakatuk nut.“But surely there is a way to save him?” exclaims Marie. “There might be,” replies Drosselmeyer, “but only if a kind-hearted girl is to fall in love with the Nutcracker and help him fight the Mouse King”. Meanwhile, Fritz, Marie’s brother, grabs the Nutcracker to see whether he can crack the biggest nut. The children pull the toy back and forth toward one another and break it. Marie cries, but her godfather fixes the Nutcracker and gives it back to her. Happy, she clutches her beloved, while Fritz and the other boys turn their attention to the to the toy soldiers, making noise all about the house. Having seen that everything has fallen back into place, Stahlbaum invites guests to dance the charming old Grossvater Tanz, which quickly breaks into a cheerful gallop.
third scene
A nanny takes Marie to bed. But she is still so enraptured by the events of the party — particularly the story about Princess Pirlipat. Finally, the nanny manages to calm her, and Marie falls asleep. The room takes on a magical glow. In her dream, Marie sees how the kitchen boy from the performance earlier at the party stole the sweets and got caught in the act. Her older sister Louise dressed as Pirlipat beseeches the King and Queen to release the boy, but they do not bow to her request. Meanwhile, further events unfold:the Mouse King appears and menacingly looms over Marie. She opens her eyes in horror. The clock strikes midnight. Drosselmeyer enters the bedroom. He looks a little odd,and doesn’t see Marie, while he peers closely at his watch dial, expectantly, as if waiting for something.
fourth scene
With a wave of the councilman’s hand the walls in Marie’s bedroom rise up off 60 the ground, and she finds herself in the dining room. The room expands, the tree grows, the buffet turns into a fortress, and the fireplace becomes enormous. And who can be found under the table but the Mouse King — along with his entire mouse army! Drosselmeyer and Marie hide behind the armchair on which the Nutcracker is sleeping. The duty officer at the fortress raises the alarm. A gun shot is fired, waking up the Nutcracker. He bravely leads the soldiers in battle against the mouse troops. But the mice are dropping like flies, and the Nutcracker must take on their leader singlehandedly. Wanting to help the Nutcracker, Marie throws her slipper at the Mouse King. This proves a handy diversion — the Nutcracker then deals him a hefty blow. The injured Mouse King wails as he pushes the Nutcracker who then collapses with exhaustion. The mice are running away Marie is beside herself. She doesn’t know whether her darling Nutcracker is still alive. But Drosselmeyer at that moment appears alongside her. He tells Marie to go up to the hero. He is barely recognizable — is it really the Nutcracker? — and then something wonderful happens: he turns into a handsome prince. The prince bows to Marie’s feet and declares his love for her.
fifth scene
It would seem like a fairy-tale ending, but there’s still more to come. On their journey, Marie and the Prince are confronted by a magical, winter forest. Spikey snowflakes try to freeze all their feeling and put them to sleep forever. But the Marie’s self-assured nature, the Prince’s courage and their faith in happiness calls on the help of the angels. Their sublime song of the angels succeeds in repelling the frenzied whirlwind of snowflakes. From the depths of the forest bears emerge and they take Marie and the Prince to Blumenburg — a fantastical city, where lovers inhabit the blossom-filled gardens and dreams come true.

ACT II
first scene
Marie and the Prince continue on their wanderings. The angels fly on ahead to protect them from any hurdles along the way. In Blumenburg, lovers from all over the world are on hand to welcome the guests. The royal page boys show the new arrivals the way.
second scene
The King and Queen of Blumenburg are preparing to receive their guests. Fairies gather flowers of every kind in the garden. From the crowd of gathered townsfolk, Marie and the Prince emerge.The Prince talks of his ordeal in the guise of the Nutcracker and lets it be known to all that it was Marie who saved him. The party begins. Spanish, Arabian, Chinese, Russian, French and Italian dancers parade before the guests. The Prince and Marie are enthralled by their dancing. The King and Queen present the protagonists with a fragrant bouquet of lotus flower, peonies, roses and lilies which are also surrounding them in a wonderous dance. Marie and the Prince are happy beyond measure; they experience feelings of extreme warmth and tenderness. The Prince asks Marie if she will remain in this land of love with him forever. Marie hesitates for a second to grant him his wish — and the spell is broken: the magical town fades away and the lovers turn back into a pair of puppets. “Wait!” exclaims Marie; she’s ready, she agrees. She asks the Prince to forgive her fleeting reservations — but he’s already turned back into the Nutcracker. “Oh, what have I done!” Marie cries. Everything has disappeared. She runs forward, trying in vain to glimpse a hint of anything in the distance. Out of nowhere Drosselmeyer appears. Marie tries to run towards him, but she is overcome with weakness and stripped of all feeling.
third and fourth scenes
An alarming noise wakes Marie. She opens her eyes and realises that she is at home, in her bed. Fritz with his brand-new trumpet, given to him yesterday, has come crashing in, in order to wake his sister. Mrs Stahlbaum enters behind him along with the nanny. They are relieved to find Marie still in her bed. Yet Marie doesn’t feel herself. She searches high and low for the Nutcracker, and unable to find him anywhere, goes rushing out onto the street. She must find Drosselmeyer.Only he will believe her secret about the Nutcracker — he is the only one she can talk to about her dream.
fifth scene
Christmas night has passed, the festive mood continues to prevail on the streets of St. Petersburg. Marie runs to the square in which the city carnival is taking place. Strangely, everything seems to resemble her dream! The merry street entertainers looked like the lovers from around the world. “And the King and the Queen from Blumenburg looked very familiar… Ah, of, course — they looked like my parents!” realises Marie.And there’s Drosselmeyer, except he’s not alone, but with a young boy. Marie joyfully runs toward her godfather and begins to recount her amazing dream. “Allow me if you will, the councilman says with a smile, to introduce my nephew.” The young boy greets Marie and upon seeing him, she notices he bears an uncanny resemblance to the Nutcracker Prince. The young boy also senses he’s seen Marie somewhere before. Their recognizing one another turns from amazement into joy. “Something tells me,” councilman Drosselmeyer mutters under his breath as he looks at them both, “is that Marie will almost certainly never repeat the mistake made by Princess Pirlipat.

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