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Nutcracker

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Running
29. November–​21. December
Scene
Main Stage
Duration
2 h 15 min / 1 Break

Norwegian National Ballet’s Christmas fairytale

Christmas is not the same without it: The Nutcracker is back on the Main Stage, ready to make the advent season magical for young and old alike!

Magical pre-Christmas dream 

We travel more than a hundred years back in time to a winter in Christiania. Neither child nor adult, Clara feels left out at her family’s big Christmas celebration. The mysterious doll maker Drosselmeyer gives her a nutcracker doll made of wood – and when Clara falls asleep, the nutcracker turns into a real prince! 

But it is not only the doll that undergoes a metamorphosis: The guests become rats and mice, and all of the Christmas gifts come to life and start dancing around – controlled by Drosselmeyer. In an overgrown and slightly spooky universe, the prince and Clara fight against the animals, led by the Rat King himself. 

Fairytale to the tones of Tchaikovsky 

Every year, The Nutcracker is danced in ballet houses across much of the world. The story is based on E.T.A. Hoffmann’s fairytale novella The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. In our production, the story takes place in Christiania in 1905, where Clara’s diplomat family is entertaining guests from many countries. 

The Norwegian National Ballet dancers share the stage with students of the National Ballet School, all of whom interpret a multitude of roles, from the prince, young and older Clara to rats and waffles with cream. 

And when the curtain rises to the tunes of Tchaikovsky, there is someone in the audience who is seeing the ballet for the very first time. 

An adventure you will never want to end. 

INGER MERETE HOBBELSTAD, DAGBLADET 

 

 

Free introduction (in Norwegian) one hour before the performance

Artistic team and cast

  • Concept
    Kaloyan Boyadjiev, Jon Bausor
  • Choreography and direction
    Kaloyan Boyadjiev
  • Music
    Pjotr Tsjajkovskij
  • Set designer
    Jon Bausor
  • Costume designers
    Jon Bausor, Bregje van Balen
  • Lighting designer
    James Farncombe
  • Conductor
    Tabita Berglund, Kevin Rhodes
  • Participants
    The National Ballet, The Opera Orchestra, The Ballet School, The Children's Choir
Price
150–970 kr
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