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The Nutcracker In a Nutshell

An introduction to the history, the story, costuming, choreographers and composer. A presi for all ages before attending the Nutcracker.
by

Eulaine McIntosh

on 5 March 2018

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Transcript of The Nutcracker In a Nutshell

Lev Ivanov's Original set design for the 1st Nutcracker Act I - 1892
The Nutcracker Ballet
created in 1892.

Pyotr
Il'yich
Tchaikovsky
(1840-1893)
1834-1901
1818-1910
Composer
of
Nutcracker
Music
Three artists were
responsible for creating
"The Nutcracker"
Original set design by Ivanov -Act I
Act II -" Land of Sweets"
The first "Snow" costumes
The original "Party Scene"
Hoffman’s original story written in 1816 portrayed a bleak view of humanity and relationships, and he never intended for his story about childhood to be for children.
Most Nutcrackers start with a party scene to introduce the characters.
The Flowers
Photographic
postcard of
the 1st
Sugar Plum
Fairy
& Prince
Coqueluche
Another
Photographic
postcard
Come
See
It
All
Here!
The original "Toys" Act I
Herr Drosselmeyer enters with toys for all the children.


Big
Spring Auditorium
Saturday,
Dec. 17!
Clara is escorted by angels to the Land of the Sweets
The angels are costumed many different ways &
sometimes there are as few as 3 or as many as 20.
Flowers
Students of the Imperial Russian Ballet School
Ballet was run in a Heiarchal
system of class levels.
Principal Dancer
or Danseur
Corps
Corps
Corps
Body
Corps
Corps
Corps
Corps
Corps
Corps de Ballet
Soloists
Principals
Dancers who are identified as a
Guest Artist
, are usually those who have achieved a high rank with their company, and have subsequently been engaged to dance with other ballet companies

LEVELS OF DANCERS IN BALLET IN 1800'S
•Prima ballerina, première sujet or première danseuse
•Sujet (subject)
•Coryphée (a soloist who usually dances with a small group)
•Corps de ballet (body of the dance)

For men, the ranks were:
•Premier danseur noble
•Premier danseur
•Sujet
•Coryphée
•Corps de ballet
Fritz breaks the Nutcracker, but Drosselmeyer mends it.
And Clara happily dances with it.
The Nutcracker is injured
The following dances performed by the "sweets" represent
delicacies that were considered special enough to be a
part of Clara’s fantasy world. The dancers' costumes
resemble the "sweets" they bring from their countries.
celeste meaning "heavenly" in French.
Pyotr Tchaikovsky is usually cited as the first major composer
to use this instrument in a work for full symphony orchestra.
Clara & the Nutcracker Prince say goodbye to the land of sweets
Midland Festival Ballet!
The Imperial Russian
Opera and Ballet Theatre
•The Nutcracker Ballet has many interpretations,
resulting in several different plots

and character names
.
Get
your
tickets
tonight!

Available
in the
lobby
after
our
program!

Now,companies are much more simple
This is where the Nutcracker started.
Petipa also created
very famous ballets
like Swan Lake and
Sleeping Beauty.
By Eulaine King McIntosh
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