It’s Nutcracker Season

The Nutcracker is the money making machine for ballet companies

Do you know that about half of the worldwide productions of THE NUTCRACKER will be performed in the United States? It is without question the most popular ballet in the US. For many families it has been a much loved tradition to go to see this beautiful classical ballet with all 3 generations of family just before Christmas.

I read an article last year in The Economist which stated that this ballet can generate up to 45% of a ballet company’s annual revenue in America. So THE NUTCRACKER, as beautiful as it is, is actually a cash cow which is really needed by most of the ballet companies as a reliable stream of income. 

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Top 10 Largest Ballet Companies

So who has the largest ballet company? France, Russia or the US?

There are many large, glamorous ballet companies all over the world. Usually they perform in majestic theaters, have diverse amazing repertoires, go on international tours and employ many dancers each season.  Find out which company has the highest number of dancers.

It is definitely Russia!

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Béjarts einzigartiger Nussknacker

Nach 19 Jahren wieder in Lausanne

Der beliebte Weihnachtsklassiker mal ganz anders erzählt – kein Nussknacker, kein Mäusekönig, kein Drosselmeyer, dafür neue spannende Charaktere. Wunderbar getanzt vom Béjart Ballett Lausanne. Und das berühmte Pas de Deux in der Originalversion von Marius Petipa am Ende verzaubert ohnehin das Publikum.

Maurice Béjart’s Version vom NUSSKNACKER ist eine Hommage an seine Mutter, die starb, als er 7 Jahre alt war. Béjart entführt uns in die Fantasiewelt seiner Kindheit, in der all seine Träume, Sehnsüchte und Imaginationen wahr werden. Die Helden seiner Kindheit dürfen dabei nicht fehlen: Felix, die Katze, Mephisto aus Goethes Faust und natürlich Marius Petipa, Meister des klassischen Balletts und sein Idol. Um seine französische Herkunft nicht zu verleugnen, fügte Béjart französische Songs ein. Lisa Biard begleitet mit ihrem Akkordeon die einzelnen Szenen musikalisch und verbindet so die Handlung.

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Don’t miss the WORLD BALLET DAY 2017

Photo by The Royal Ballet Full Class – World Ballet Day 2014 – YouTube

#WorldBalletDay is back on 5 October 2017!

Have a look behind the scenes. Watch morning classes, interviews and rehearsal of 5 Top Ballet Companies. You will learn a lot of all the insights.

The Australian Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, The Royal Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada and San Francisco Ballet will partner for the fourth year in a row to celebrate classical dance and provide viewers around the world with an exclusive look behind the scenes at what life is like at the world’s top ballet companies.

TOP 10 Classical Ballet Companies

Top of the Ballet World

All rankings are subjective but first in mind I am thinking of the TOP 6  which have been internationally famous for decades and are the most common ones. These ballet companies are considered as such because they have a Ballet School, a repertoire,  a great corps, and have survived more than one director.

What do you think? Which company you love most?

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Life itself inspires all my work

Interview with Artistic Director Rafael Bonachela, Sydney Dance Company by Evi Hock, creator of

Sydney Dance Company is coming to STEPS DANCE FESTIVAL in Switzerland

When I lived in Sydney I was very lucky to attend some performances of Sydney Dance Company. I loved these very innovative productions that combine contemporary dance, pop culture, fashion, visual and video arts. I will never forget „6 Breaths“, „we unfold“, „Mercury“, „Louder than words“. I can’t wait to see „Interplay“ in Zürich.

Rafael Bonachela. Photo by Ben Symons.jpgRafael Bonachela. Photo by Ben Symons

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