The Nutcracker

Der Nussknacker. Katherina Markowskaja, Tigran Mikayelyan. ©Wilfried Hösl Der Nussknacker. Ensemble. ©Wilfried Hösl Der Nussknacker. Ilia Sarkisov, Ensemble. ©Wilfried Hösl
John Neumeier

Music by Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky

Is The Nutcracker merely a Christmas tale? No, not necessarily - A winter tale, perhaps. Most of all, the nutcracker is a birthday present for Marie! John Neumeier chooses to tell the poetic fairy tale "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King" by E.T.A. Hoffmann in a different way. "A new classic was born", said Dorion Weickmann, "an everlasting staple of ballet repertory full of insights on human relationships that were, and are still, highly relevant in society." Neumeier said in 1975, only four years after giving this all-time favorite family classic a fresh face. The American choreographer, then and now artistic director of the Hamburg Ballet, reduced the old-fashioned tale to its essential message: Marie is growing up - with all the emotions, conflicts and feelings that this laborious process entails. With innate drama, baroque elegance and clever humor, Neumeier created a tableau that is far from Hoffmann’s original tale. His Nutcracker boldly comments on the state of our society, it is a family portrait and a story of the rite of passage. Moreover, it’s a deep bow of respect to the high art of classical ballet. None other than Petipa himself whisks away Marie to the foreign (dream-) world of the theater. There, she encounters and surrenders to the charm of famous ballets characters – but rest assured: the audience is right with her on that.


Saturday, 29 December 2012
7.30 p.m. - app. 10.00 p.m.
Playing time: 2 hours 35 minutes (1 intermission)
Prices G
Performance for family
Open ticket sales
Reduced prices for the Program Young Audience

Inszenierung und Choreographie John Neumeier
Bühnenbild und Kostüme Jürgen Rose
Musik Peter I. Tschaikowsky
Musikalische Leitung Valery Ovsianikov

Konsul Stahlbaum Norbert Graf
Frau Konsul Stahlbaum Séverine Ferrolier
Marie, ihre Tochter Gözde Özgür
Louise, ihre Schwester, eine Ballerina Lisa-Maree Cullum.
Fritz, ihr Bruder, ein Kadett Nikita Korotkov
Ballettmeister Drosselmeier Javier Amo
Günther, Anführer der Kadetten LukᚠSlavický

Soloists and Corps de ballet of the Bavarian State Ballet
Bavarian State Orchestra