The Nutcracker has been one of the most widely performed ballets in history. It’s first staging took place more than 100 years ago at the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, in December of 1892.
Alexandre Dumas ―writer of Three Musketeers and The Count of Montecristo, among many other works― adapted the tale “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” by E.T.A Hoffman. His version: “The tale of the Nutcracker” was the story used by renowned Ballet Master and Choreographer Marious Petipa and his assistant Lev Ivanov for the choreography. The music as it is well known was commissioned to the famous Russian composer Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky by Petipa with whom Tchaikovsky had already worked in Sleeping Beauty.
The most popular rendition of the Nutcracker was adapted by Vassily Vainonen, renowned Soviet choreographer, in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1934. His version, famous for the Snowflakes dance, still remains in the repertory of the Mariinsky theatre company to this day, and has been used by choreographers such as Mikhail Baryshnikov and Yuri Grigorovich. This same time-honoured version is the one being staged by Victoria Ballet Company. Nowadays many different versions are performed as this ballet has become a Christmas and a Holiday Season tradition for millions of people all over the world.
Now you know a little bit more about The Nutcracker, and whether you are participating as a dancer on stage or as a volunteer or member of the audience, we hope you will enjoy Victoria Ballet Company’s production staged under the Artistic Direction of Victoria Mironova and choreographed by both Victoria Mironova and Elena Dmitrieva and with International guest ballet stars.
Please don’t forget about our Sunday Rehearsal Dates on Sunday November 27 at 1 p.m. (for those dancing in the first act only), and December 4 and 11 at 1:00 p.m.