The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by Toer van Schayk and Wayne Eagling, music by Tchaikovsky

Anna Tsygankova (Clara), Matthew Golding (Prince / Drosselmeijer's Nephew), James Stout (Nutcracker), Alexander Zhembrovskyy (Mouse King), Wolfgang Tietze (Mr. Drosselmeijer) — Dutch National Ballet

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Toer van Schayk — Choreographer, set designer, costume designer

Wayne Eagling — Choreographer

Hans Åke Sjöquist — Lighting designer

Anna Tsygankova — Clara Staalboom

Matthew Golding — Prince / Mr. Drosselmeijer’s nephew

James Stout — Nutcracker

Alexander Zhembrovskyy — Mouse King

Wolfgang Tietze — Mr. Drosselmeijer

Nadia Yanowsky — Louise, Clara’s sister

Rink Sliphorst — Frits, Clara’s brother

The Dutch National Ballet

Muziekschool Waterland Children’s Choir

Jan Maarten Koeman — Chorus Master

Holland Symfonia

Program notes

Is it possible to give one of the world's best-known Christmas stories a twist? For Wayne Eagling and Toer van Schayk of the Dutch National Ballet, the answer is a resounding and high-flying yes...

In 1996, the duo presented a captivating new version of one of most beloved ballets of all time, taking the original name of the E.T.A. Hoffmann story, the basis of the Alexandre Dumas retelling that inspired Tchaikovsky and Petipa’s ballet. This new dynamic choreography helped inaugurate a holiday tradition in the Netherlands with a uniquely Dutch vision of the brave toy’s battle against the Mouse King in the imaginative escapades of Clara, sublimely danced here by Anna Tsygankova, who “glitters like a jewel in the main role. Beautifully lyrical, light and musical, as if she is driven by Tchaikovsky himself” (acording to De Telegraaf). Set in the early 1800s during the feast of Saint Nicholas, this gorgeous Nutcracker sees Clara’s living room transform into a snowy forest, and sends dancers skating down frozen Dutch canals!

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