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.

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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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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

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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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Der Nussknacker – Royal Ballett London

Live-Cinema Vorführung am 16. Dezember 2015 in 24 Ländern und über 900 Kino

Choreographie: Peter Wright nach Lev Iwanow
Musik: Tschaikowsky
Drosselmeyer: Gary Alvis
Clara: Francesca Hayward
Nussknacker: Alexander Campbell
Zuckerfee: Lauren Cuthbertson
Prinz: Matthew Golding

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Der Nussknacker – Royal Ballett London ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Ein zauberhaftes Ballett zu Weihnachten mit fantastischen Tanzeinlagen

Live-Cinema Vorführung am 16. Dezember 2015 in 24 Ländern und über 900 Kinos

  • Choreographie: Peter Wright nach Lev Iwanow
  • Musik: Tchaikovsky
  • Drosselmeyer: Gary Alvis
  • Clara: Francesca Hayward
  • Nussknacker: Alexander Campbell
  • Zuckerfee: Lauren Cuthbertson
  • Prinz: Matthew Golding

Clara bekommt vom Zauberer Drosselmeyer einen hölzernen Nussknacker zu Weihnachten geschenkt, der mit einem Fluch belegt ist. In Wirklichkeit  ist der Nussknacker Hans-Peter, der Neffe von Drosselmeyer. Um Hans-Peter zu befreien, muss der Mäusekönig getötet werden und das Herz eines Mädchens erobert werden. Als Belohnung geht es in das Winterwunderland zur Zuckerfee und ihrem Prinzen. Hier wird ein rauschendes Fest mit den berühmten Tänzen gefeiert: Mal wieder so eine total bescheuerte Ballettgeschichte!!!!!Aber trotzdem traumhaft anzusehen. Für Ballettfans – ein Must.

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