Thursday, December 14News For London

“The Nutcracker” is back this Christmas

Photo Credit: Bill Cooper, Central School of Ballet Facebook Page

The students from the London’s Central School of Ballet are now working on their rehearsals to perform “The Nutcracker” on  December 12 and 13 December at the ADC theatre in Cambridge.

New passionate and hard-working dancers will be introduced in this performance. These dancers have been working hard on their techniques to get the chance to be part of this year’s performance.

In the school we witness the Artistic Director Christopher Marney working with the dancers to produce an impressive “Nutcracker” this year. “More than twenty dancers of all ages will be performing this year.” said Marney.

Imogen Ash, a dancer at the Central School of Ballet, has been selected to perform this year the role of Clara. “I went through a competitive audition as Clara’s character requires specific features and spirit, but finally I was able to do it,” said Imogen.

The Central School of Ballet was founded in 1982. It is offering one of the most comprehensive dance programmes in the country, not only in the classical ballet but also in the contemporary dance and musical theatre.

The Nutcracker is a classic Christmas ballet performance in two acts. It is a story about a huge Christmas family party and Clara is the main character in it. The whole story is experienced through her eyes.

The story of “The Nutcracker” was written by Hoffmann in 1816 and performed for the first time on September 18, 1892 at the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia.

“Most Nutcrackers are fairly traditional, they use the same music especially the Sugar Plum Fairy. “There may be some variations in things like the battle between the Mice and The Soldiers,” agrees Danzel a former ballet dancer at the English National Ballet.

“The length of the ballet is normally the same because they are set to the same music.” Danzel added.

“The Nutcracker” is normally 45 minutes long, through which you can travel to various fantastic countries and get closer to their traditions. Specifically, we are exploring the second act where there is a dance called “The Trepak” dance, representing the traditional Russian folk dance with its dazzling costumes. Also you will find the Arabian dance featuring the Middle Eastern culture. In addition to a lovely Spanish dance in a red Flamenco dress. And finally the “Tea” dance, which represents the Chinese culture. All of these combined together take you to a magical world.

Costumes and decorations are very important elements in the performance as it helps in reflecting the dazzling mood of Christmas. “New costumes are being sewed and embroidered for the performance this year.” said Marney.

Christmas tree plays an important role in “The Nutcracker” story, so a new tree is being prepared for the show. Now it will have some traditional Baubles mixed with modern decorations. A beautiful kingdom of sweets is also being prepared for the show, in addition to mechanisms for scattering snow from the ceiling.

“The Nutcracker” is an excellent family day out that allows you to truly feel the Christmas Eve mood. It is a short ballet performance with wonderful music, various colorful costumes and amazing dance performance.