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This world-renowned production tells the story of a nutcracker who comes to life, taking its owner, Clara, on a fantastical journey through a magical world populated by the rose queen, sugar plum fairies and an army of evil rats.

Bruce Mason Centre, Auckland

From the Promo:

This enchanting tale is performed by companies large and small during the holiday season, as a beloved tradition.  The spectacular dances and incomparable score by Tchaikovsky have cemented themselves in the hearts and imaginations of popular culture, enduring for decades as a classic.

Following their sell-out 2015 performances of Swan Lake, the Imperial Russian Ballet Company return to Australia and New Zealand to perform The Nutcracker.

The Nutcracker is famous for Tchaikovsky’s music. The genius of Tchaikovsky created one of the most recognisable and enduring music scores ever written. The illustrious cast of the Imperial Russian Ballet Company enjoy performing The Nutcracker more than any other ballet from their extensive repertoire, especially when they are joined by children from local ballet schools in the cities that they perform in around the world.

The Imperial Russian Ballet Company was formed in 1994 by the Bolshoi Theatre soloist, Gediminas Taranda. The Imperial Russian Ballet Company comprises 40 dancers from the major ballet schools of Russia.

Franciska's Review:

This was the first ballet I've been to since Mini-Me gave up in favour of concentrating on her music and acting.  Although we had seen a number of ballets when she was younger, needless to say, she isn't in the slightest bit interested in watching any now.  So its a good thing I have a friend who is just as enthusiastic about dance as the rest of the performing arts!

The Russians didn't disappoint: the dancing was spectacular and the costuming exquisite.  My only disappointment was that the music was pre-recorded.  Perhaps I'm biased, but I definitely prefer a live orchestra.  Its a completely different atmosphere ~ something magical that I'm struggling to find words to describe.  And who doesn't love watching the conductor and the musicians in the orchestra pit?

I must also mention that unlike the ASB Theatre, the seating in the circle at the Bruce Mason Theatre is not ideal.  I'm fairly average height (for a woman) and I struggled to see the whole stage over the balustrade to my right.  Lesson learned!

Gripes aside, this was a fantastic ballet to put the Grinch within me in the Christmas spirit.

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