The Nutcracker

Ballet in two acts
Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Marius Petipa. Based on a story by Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann, edited by Vasili Vainonen
Vasily Vainonen, edited by People's Artist of Russia Nikolai Tsiskaridze
Petra Okuneva
Tatiana Noginova
Lighting design
Honored Cultural Worker of Russia Irina Vtornikova
Video artist
Vadim Dulenko
2 hours 20 minutes
1 intermission
A Timeless Winter Fairy-Tale

For many of us, The Nutcracker is the integral part of the festive winter season. Vasili Vainonen’s version of The Nutcracker, first staged specially for the Mariinsky Theatre in 1934 and now considered the ‘canon’ iteration of this show, has been the pride and joy of Yacobson Ballet’s repertoire for several decades.

The Nutcracker, as told by Vainonen, is not just a fable about the battle of Good Versus Evil, but also an engrossing coming-of-age story. Vainonen deviated from Hoffmann’s dark imagery, intending to present the story’s events as if through Masha’s eyes: the entire ballet is a dream seen by an impressionable child after a New Year’s party. This dream mirrors reality, while also adding countless new colours through the power of a little girl’s imagination. As a result, Vainonen draws a clearly defined line between the physical world and the fantasy; Tchaikovsky’s music, so different in the ‘real’ and ‘storybook’ parts of the ballet, further helps achieve this.

In 2023, Andrian Fadeev invited People’s Artist of Russia Nikolay Tsiskaridze to our theatre in order to breathe a new life into this classical production. Tsiskaridze, committed to maintaining the Russian ballet heritage, has cleaned up the parts of the choreography that made it too much ‘of its time’, presenting the beloved fairy-tale in a spectacular modern light.

Решаем вместе
Сложности с получением «Пушкинской карты» или приобретением билетов? Знаете, как улучшить работу учреждений культуры? Напишите — решим!