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ballet 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

William Moore (The Nutcracker), Dominik Slavkovsky (Herr Drosselmeyer), Cohen Aitchison-Dugas (Mouse King), Mélissa Ligurgo (Mouse Queen) — Ballett Zürich

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

About

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.

Cast

  • 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
  • Ballett Zürich
  • Junior Ballett
  • Kinderchor und SoprAlti der Oper Zürich
  • Ernst Raffelsberger | Chorus director
  • Philharmonia Zürich
  • Paul Connelly | Conductor

Program

  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky / Christian Spuck, The Nutcracker
    • I: Overture
    • I: Dance Scene - The Presents of Drosselmeyer
    • I: Character Dances: Dance of the Reed Pipes
    • I: Character Dances: Trépak (Russian Dance)
    • I: Character Dances: Dance of the Reed Pipes
    • I: March
    • I: Grandfather Dance
    • I: Clara and the Nutcracker
    • I: Waltz of the Snowflakes
    • II: Coda
    • II: Clara and the Prince
    • II: Waltz of the Flowers
    • II: Character Dances: Coffee (Arabian Dance)
    • II: Final Waltz and Apotheosis
    • II: Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy.
    • II: Pas de deux

Details

  • Venue: Zürich Opera House (Zurich, Switzerland)
  • Production date: 2018
  • Duration: 1 h 50 min
  • Production: © Accentus
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