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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Coming into the Christmas Spirit…

THE NUTCRACKER is my Xmas Ritual

Watching the Nutcracker on Christmas Day is my holiday tradition since years. Numerous ballet companies around the world offer this famous Christmas ballet now online or on Demand. In times of Covid I can’t see The NUTCRACKER live on stage. There are so many beautiful choreographies available, next to the original by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, done in 1892. My  favourite interpretations are by George Balanchine, Peter Wright and Christian Spuck.

The Nutcracker by the Royal Ballet London
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The 8 Most Magical Ballets To See This Christmas

Hier eine Zusammenstellung der bekanntesten Ballette, die man kennen sollte. Hänsel & Gretel gehört für mich eher nicht dazu. Ich habe das Stück auch noch nicht gesehen, da es wenig gespielt wird. Coppelia und Bayadere gehören für mich zu den Top 10!


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