AROP evening — Ballet

The Nutcracker

13 Dec. 2023

  • 2h10 with 1 intermission
  • Opéra Bastille
  • Cocktail attire

The Nutcracker

Casse-noisette - Rudolf Noureev

  • Conductor

    Andrea Quinn

  • Choreography

    Rudolf Noureev

  • Music

    Piotr Ilyitch Tchaïkovski

  • Libretto

    E.T.A. Hoffmann

  • Set design and Costume design

    Nicholas Georgiadis

One Christmas Eve, young Clara is given an inanimate puppet, a nutcracker. Holding it in her arms, she falls asleep and dreams of a fantasy world where toys and fears come to life. Published in Berlin in 1816, this tale by Hoffmann, a master of German Romanticism, inspired Marius Petipa to create an initial dance version in 1892. Amidst tin soldiers, rats and oversized dolls, the world of childhood becomes a ballet. Clara's dreams and nightmares are brought to life through Tchaikovsky's sparkling, colourful score. In 1985, Rudolf Nureyev restaged the ballet at the Paris Opera with sets and costumes emphasising the tale's uncanny nature. Snowflakes, flowers and enchanted landscapes form the backdrop to a dazzling choreography. Guided by the wooden puppet who has become Prince Charming, the young Clara confronts her desires and anxieties in an initiatory tale.

The Étoiles, the Premières Danseuses, the Premiers Danseurs and the Paris Opera Corps de Ballet
The Paris Opera Orchestra
Maîtrise des Hauts-de-Seine / Chœur d’enfants de l’Opéra national de Paris

The Nutcracker

Casse-noisette - Rudolf Noureev

  • Clara

    Dorothée Gilbert

  • Drosselmeyer / The Prince

    Guillaume Diop

  • 19:30

    First part

  • 20:25

    Intermission cocktail

  • 20:45

    Second part

  • 21:40

    End of the performance

  • 21:55


The Nutcracker (season 23/24)

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