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Transcript of The Nutcracker
Maruis Petipa and Leon Ivanov
Though Petipa was the original main choreographer, he fell sick and Ivanov completed the ballet. Petipa saved the ballet from complete failure, as it's premier in 1892 was a dud. Composer
In 1891, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky was commissioned by the Imperial Theatre Directorate to compose a short opera and a ballet. The Directorate chose for the pieces to be based on Alexandre Dumas' adaptation of "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King."
No matter what is changed from performance to performance of The Nutcracker, the music is always the same and is very recognizable. Tchaikovsky composed a lasting piece of music. Tchaikovsky and Petipa had previously worked together in creating "Sleeping Beauty." The Nutcracker Ballet was first created in the Classical Ballet era, when ballets began to be more about emotion and technical skill.
George Balanchine revitalized it during the Balanchine era. He helped bring The Nutcracker into the 20th century, where ballet was a great art form. Where can I see The Nutcracker??
Every year at Christmastime, many ballet companies around the country put on The Nutcracker to get into the holiday season.
Ballet Austin performs the ballet every year.
I was able to see The Nutcracker put on by Ballet West at the Capitol Theater in Salt Lake City, Utah last year. Fun Ballet Facts
A male ballet dancer lifts over 1.5 tons worth of ballerinas during a performance.
On average, ballerinas wear out three pairs of pointe shoes per week.
A prima ballerina can complete 32 fouette turns. Afterward, her pointe shoe tip is hot to the touch and so worn out that it's then used only for rehearsal.
Who: Kirov Ballet
What: The Nutcracker Ballet
When: December 5, 1892
Where: Maryinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia
Critics did not like the ballet at first, saying, “For dancers there is rather little in it, for art absolutely nothing, and for the artistic fate of our ballet, one more step downward."