Ballet in 2 acts

APRIL 13, 2018, 19:00

Choreography by Jeroen Verbruggen

Music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky

Premiere in Russia

Alexandrinsky Theatre



From dance to costumes and decoration, this Nutcracker happily translates the synthese of Tchaïkovski's choreografical aestetics.

Le Courrier

A wind of madness crosses the plateau and this fantastic climate reminds some plays by Mark Morris, or the Tim Burton universe.

Ballet 2000


The Nutcracker is a winter fairy tale. The Nutcracker is a tale for kids. How does it fit with the values of the Dance Open festival, and what’s it doing on a St. Petersburg stage in April?

Well, the thing is, The Nutcracker is an immortal fairy tale. And, like all timeless stories, it attracts many interpreters with a desire to fascinate the audience, to make it gasp with astonishment. This time, that «wow» is ensured by an enchanting magician of the choreographic world, Jeroen Verbruggen, whose brilliant, untrammeled, explosive imagination produces something truly spectacular. He’s generous in everything — in the luxury of texture and style, in triumphant joy, lyrical tenderness and fascinating mysticism. It’s impossible not to be moved by his creativity or charmed by such a familiar and yet surprisingly new story.

This Nutcracker is a world of endless reflections, fairy-tale immersion and unbelievable transformations. A world of countless doors, enigmatic gray animals and fragile baroque lanterns. Marius Petipa, whose bicentenary happens to be in 2018, would be proud of his successor, a real