The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by Christian Spuck, music by Tchaikovsky
William Moore (The Nutcracker), Dominik Slavkovsky (Herr Drosselmeyer), Cohen Aitchison-Dugas (Mouse King), Mélissa Ligurgo (Mouse Queen) — Ballett Zürich
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Christian Spuck — Choreographer
Rufus Didwiszus — Stage design
Buki Shiff — Costumes
Martin Gebhardt — Lighting designer
Michael Küster — Dramaturgy
Claus Spahn — Dramaturgy
William Moore — The Nutcracker
Dominik Slavkovsky — Herr Drosselmeyer
Cohen Aitchison-Dugas — Mouse King
Mélissa Ligurgo — Mouse Queen
Michelle Willems — Marie
Giulia Tonelli — Princess Pirlipat
Anna Khamzina — Lead Flower
Ina Callejas — Accordionist
The Nutcracker, spectacular holiday ballet par excellence, like you've never seen it before—we promise—in a revisited version by visionary choreographer Christian Spuck. His mise en scène, poetic and precise, plunges more deeply than most versions into the source text by macabre master E.T.A. Hoffmann, creating a sort of chiaroscuro atmosphere that is both romantic and fantastic, bordering the sublime and the absurd.
Soloists and corps de ballet of the Ballett Zürich and their Junior Ballett shine in this meticulously executed choreography, featuring a dazzling William Moore in the title role. Tchaikovsky's sublime and whimsical score is adapted to the artists' narrative vision, at times interpreted by a simple accordion (played by the splendid Ina Callejas), at others recreated in full by the impeccable Philharmonia Zürich under the baton of Paul Connelly.