In his version of The Nutcracker, made for the Ballet du Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse, Kader Belarbi explores a wonderful, dream-like world in order to share it with others, like a father telling his children a bedtime story.
On Christmas Eve in an old-fashioned boarding school, Clara is given a nutcracker as a present. This is the start of a marvellous fairy story that will enable the children to escape from their drab everyday life into a world of fantasy, where toys come to life and grow to human size, and the nutcracker turns into a prince.
The Nutcracker is an unrivalled masterpiece of classical ballet with a long history behind it. Since Marius Petipa staged the original version in Saint Petersburg in 1892, numerous choreographers have made more modern, iconoclastic takes. Now it is Belarbi's turn to unleash his imagination and infuse new vitality into this traditional piece. He keeps the magic of the Christmas story intact as he portrays the children's paradise and dreams but takes an approach inspired by the films of Georges Méliès.
The Nutcracker is a musical icon and one of Tchaikovsky's most popular scores. Many of its numbers are part of our musical heritage: the Waltz of the Flowers, the Dance of the Reed Flutes, the March, the Russian Dance or “Trepak”, the Arabian and Chinese Dances, the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, and many more. All are endowed with an energy and melodic freshness that bears witness to the composer's refined art.
The ageless theme of love, the clash between the forces of evil and beauty, the magical scenery, the sumptuous costumes and the matchless variety of the dances make this ballet a must: an invitation to flee from the real world and let ourselves be dazzled by dreams.