Nutcracker – a cash cow!

Did you know that the NUTCRACKER Ballet is a money making machine for ballet companies?

I just read an article in The Economist which stated that this ballet can generate up to 45% of a ballet company’s annual revenue in America. That’s why you can see at least one version in every state. It’s a tradition for families to come together and attend a performance of this famous Christmas ballet. Often, children from ballet schools are involved, dancing in the roles of small mice or toy soldiers. Magic happens when the beautiful music of the Waltz of Flowers starts.

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Christian Spuck weiterhin auf Erfolgskurs

NUSSKNACKER UND MAUSEKÖNIG am Bolschoi Theater

Ballettdirektor Christian Spuck und sein Ballett Zürich können auf ein äusserst erfolgreiches Jahr zurückblicken. Das absolute Highlight 2017 war die Neuproduktion des Nussknackers. Unter dem Titel NUSSKNACKER UND MAUSEKÖNIG revolutionierte Christian Spuck das berühmte Weihnachtsballett radikal. 17 ausverkaufte Vorstellungen wurden am Opernhaus Zürich bejubelt. Auch am renommierten Moskauer Bolschoi Theater löste der neue Nussknacker an zwei ausverkauften Abenden Begeisterungsstürme aus.

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My favourite Drosselmeyers……

are without question Li Cunxin and Dominik Slavkovský.

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Li Cunxin with Queensland Ballet photo by David Kelly

Magic happened when Ballet Star Li Cunxin, was lured out of 18 years retirement for a special performance of the NUTCRACKER with the Queensland Ballet. Taking to the stage in Brisbane for one night only, the 56 year old dancer delivered a mesmerizing performance. While Drosselmeyer is predominately a character role, Li incorporated his own choreography – adding pirouettes and jumps to the performance. His twists and turns hinted at his past brilliance.

Li’s life story became known around the world after the book and film, Mao’s Last Dancer, told how he danced his way out of grinding poverty in China and ultimately ending into an international ballet career.

IMG_0892.jpgDominik Slokovský with Ballet Zurich photo by Gregory Batardon

On the other side of the world, at the Opernhaus Zurich, the young Slovikian dancer Dominik Slavkovský also took the role of Drosselmeyer to new heights. Ballet director Christian Spuck‘s fresh new choreography NUTCRACKER AND MOUSE KING allowed him to create a enigmatic character that captivated the audience as never before.

With his long lanky body and twisting fingers, the mysterious toymaker became a dark, dramatic and quite simply haunting character that guides us through the story.

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Li Cunxin: David Kelly
Dominik Slavkovský: Gian Paul Lozza and Gregory Batardon

It is Christmas Eve

and Time for Nutcracker

🌅Merry Christmas and happy New Year to all Ballet Lovers🌲

Enjoy these trailers with different interpretations of the most famous Christmas Ballet.

Photo on Top: Nutcracker and Mouse King by Christian Spuck, Ballet Zurich ©Gregory Batardon

Weihnachtsgeschenke in letzter Minute

Bücher über Ballett, die es wert sind zu lesen!

Nachdem ich den englischsprachigen Blog “5 Christmas gifts for Ballet lovers”https://ballettloversblog.com/2017/11/30/5-christmas-gift-ideas-for-ballet-lovers/- geschrieben habe, wurde ich vielfach gefragt, welche deutschen Bücher ich BallettliebhaberInnen empfehlen kann.

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5 Christmas gift ideas for Ballet lovers!

It’s only 25 days until Christmas – but there is still enough time to think about Christmas gifts!

Here are my top suggestions for all ballet lovers:

 

Theatre tickets

Invite your ballet loving friend to join you for a live ballet performance and top of the evening with a nice glass of champagne. There’s nothing better than some festive bubbles to enliven your discussion of the performance. The Nutcracker or Swan Lake are perfect ballet choices to get you both in the Christmas mood.

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Polina Semionova als Gast am Staatsballett Berlin

Starballerina Polina Semionova tanzt 17 Vorstellungen

Nach der Babypause tanzt Polina jetzt wieder regelmässig am Staatsballett Berlin, allerdings als Gastsolistin. Ein besonderes Hightlight 2018 wird sicherlich die Ballett-Gala Polina & Friends sein, die einmalig am 17. Mai stattfinden wird. Lassen wir uns überraschen, welche Tanzpartner und Weggefährten Polina eingeladen hat. Ein Muss für Ballet Lovers!

IMG_7067-Edit_foto_Yan_Revazov_2400x1900px.jpgPolina Semionova und Marian Walter in GISELLE – Foto©Yan Revazov

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