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.

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

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Es gruselt die Liebe!

Premiere von Christian Spucks „DER SANDMANN“ am 28. Mai 2016 im Opernhaus Zürich

Christian Spuck ist ein sensationeller Geschichtenerzähler. Selbst den schwierigen Stoff von (Gespenster-) E.T.A. Hoffmann choreografiert er für das Ballett Zürich auf verständliche Weise. Die Solisten sind nicht nur perfekte Tänzer, sondern auch herausragende Schauspieler. vrogk7.jpg

Die Story geht in die Tiefe der menschlichen Psyche: Kindheitstrauma, Ängste, Fantasien, Wunschbilder, künstliche Geschöpfe, Alchemie. Nathanael, herausragend interpretiert von Matthew Knight, ist hin- und hergerissen zwischen der Welt seiner Wahnideen, die sich zu seiner Realität zusammenfügen und der Welt, die seine Mitmenschen als Realität definieren (Zitat Christian Spuck, Interview im Opernhaus Magazin).  Weiterlesen „⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Es gruselt die Liebe!“