The Nutcracker

NZ Life & Leisure - - That’s The Spirit -

31 Oc­to­ber to 4 Novem­ber The Opera House Welling­ton, then Blen­heim, In­ver­cargill, Dunedin, Christchurch, Palmer­ston North, Napier, Auck­land and Taka­puna (tour ends 15 De­cem­ber) For the first time in eight years, the Royal New Zealand Bal­let rolls out a na­tional tour of Tchaikovsky’s fes­tive of­fer­ing with a richly cos­tumed pro­duc­tion fea­tur­ing new stag­ing by revered Amer­i­can chore­og­ra­pher Val Ca­ni­paroli. First per­formed in St Petersburg in 1892, the fa­mous two-act bal­let un­folds on Christ­mas Eve. When Clara is given a nutcracker doll, she falls asleep on the sofa and dreams a Christ­mas dream of magic and ro­mance. Live or­ches­tras per­form the mu­si­cal score in Welling­ton, Christchurch, Auck­land and Dunedin with a spe­cially made record­ing in other cen­tres.

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