Nutcracker ready to de­light

The Tribune (NZ) - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT - RICHARD MAYS

Ballet favourite, The Nutcracker Suite jetes into the Re­gent on Broad­way next week.

The Im­pe­rial Rus­sian Ballet Com­pany brings the Christ­mas-themed dream scene with its fa­mous score by Rus­sian com­poser Peter Il­lyich Tchaikovsky, to the Re­gent on Broad­way for one show only on Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 9

The ballet com­pany of 30, with five tech­ni­cal sup­port staff, will be joined on stage by 40 young dancers, aged be­tween 6 and 12 years, from the Mau­reen Ax School of Dance.

A chore­og­ra­pher from the com­pany was in town on Satur­day to put the young dancers through their paces for their per­for­mances in the open­ing chil­dren’s dance, as mice, and as cav­al­ry­men and gun­ners for the fa­mous bat­tle scene be­tween the Nutcracker and the Mouse King.

The com­pany’s Rachel Carey said the dancers then per­form as fairies and gnomes in the sec­ond act.

‘‘They put in such a lot of work, and it’s such a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity for them.’’

The chil­dren will spend up to three hours re­hears­ing with the com­pany when it ar­rives in the city on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon. At 8pm, they will be ready to help bring this time­less tale of en­chant­ment to life.

This ver­sion is set in a late 19th cen­tury Ger­man town on Christ­mas Eve, where a fam­ily gath­ers around the Christ­mas Tree. Herr Drosselmeyer, a mys­te­ri­ous toy­maker turns up and leaves the lit­tle girl Clara a spe­cial wooden nutcracker.

To Tchaikovsky’s in­spired mu­sic suite, the en­chanted Nutcracker later trans­forms into a hand­some prince, and in a story that blurs dream and re­al­ity, whisks Clara off to visit the Sugar Plum Fairy in a land of fantasy, magic and ad­ven­ture.

The Moscow based ballet com­pany, ac­claimed for its 2015 sea­son of Swan Lake, opens its 14 cen­tre New Zealand Nutcracker tour on Tues­day 8 in Hamil­ton, with Palmer­ston North sec­ond up.

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

Colour­fully cos­tumed dancers from the Im­pe­rial Rus­sian Ballet Com­pany per­form in clas­sic Christ­mas ballet ‘The Nutcracker’.

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