Wayne Eagling / Tamás Solymosi / Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

The Nutcracker

classic ballet 6

Fairy-tale ballet in three acts

Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker has for decades been an essential part of the Opera's run-up to Christmas. In memory of Vasili Vainonen and Gusztáv Oláh, we first presented for Christmas of 2015 a newly buffed-up show that follows classical ballet traditions while still conforming to the requirements of 21st century dance and set design. Partnering with Tamás Solymosi to choreograph a new fairy-tale ballet for the classical-music piece is a true Nutcracker specialist: the internationally renowned Wayne Eagling. This is the first time in the life of the Hungarian National Ballet that an artist of such worldwide stature has developed a choreography tailored specifically to its members, as well as taking inspiration from them.


This new choreography by Wayne Eagling and Tamás Solymosi is not only modern and as brilliant as one would expect, it is also a sort of homage to the legend, as it might be called, to the creative work of Vasili Vainonen and Gusztáv Oláh. The latter considered the sets for The Nutcracker to be the greatest “show” of his life, which is continuously reflected in Beáta Vavrinecz’s own sets in the current production. Nóra Rományi’s costumes are classic, beautiful and timeless.” (Eszter Veronika Kiss, Mno.hu)

Conductor
Rácz Márton András Déri Imre Kollár Kálmán Szennai
Princess Marie
Ellina Pokhodnykh Yourim Lee Adrienn Pap Cristina Balaban Aliya Tanykpayeva Tatiana Melnik Miyu Takamori
Prince
Gergő Ármin Balázsi Valerio Palumbo Ievgen Lagunov András Rónai Dmitry Timofeev Gergely Leblanc Ryosuke Morimoto
Drosselmeier
Gábor Szigeti Gaetano Cottonaro Vladyslav Melnyk Alekszandr Komarov guest Levente Bajári
Mouse King/Mouse King doll
Vladyslav Melnyk Iurii Kekalo Ievgen Lagunov Leo Lecarpentier Mikalai Radziush Louis Scrivener
Princess doll/Louise
Artemisz Pisla Sorokina Nadezhda Yuliya Golovyna Anna Krupp Yuki Wakabayashi Olga Chernakova Yuka Asai
Solo snowflakes
Yuki Wakabayashi Miyu Takamori Olga Chernakova Sorokina Nadezhda Elena Sharipova Yuliya Golovyna Lea Földi Aglaja Sawatzki Ellina Pokhodnykh Anastasiia Konstantinova
Solo Waltz of the Flowers girls
Yuiko Adachi Anastasiia Konstantinova Inès Furuhashi-Huber Ágnes Kelemen Anna Krupp Adema Omarova Sorokina Nadezhda Elena Sharipova
Solo Waltz of the Flowers boys
Théo Bourg Luca Dario Calcante Noel Ágoston Kovács Taran Dumitru Carlos Taravillo Mahillo Dmitry Zhukov Gaetano Cottonaro
Spanish girls
Ildikó Boros Remedios Agustín Castaño Artemisz Pisla Anna Krupp Rita Hangya Sorokina Nadezhda Barbara Kerényi Yuliya Golovyna
Spanish boy
Francesco Sardella Dmitry Zhukov Yago Guerra Carlos Taravillo Mahillo
Arabian girl
Inès Furuhashi-Huber Lea Földi Adema Omarova Ellina Pokhodnykh
Arabian boys
Dávid Molnár Iurii Kekalo Vladyslav Melnyk Raffaello Barbieri Maksym Kovtun Topolánszky Vince Louis Scrivener Taran Dumitru Kóbor Demeter
Chinese girl
Yuki Wakabayashi Yuka Asai Rita Hangya Elena Sharipova Hana Saito
Chinese boys
Motomi Kiyota András Szegő Kristóf Morvai Mattheus Bäckström Junnosuke Nakamura Victor Gonzalez Perez Ryosuke Morimoto Riku Yamamoto
Russian girls
Sára Weisz Zsófia Gyarmati Adrienn Szekeres Zsuzsanna Papp Aglaja Sawatzki Ágnes Riedl Eszter Lovisek Edit Darab-Fehér Eszter Pőcze Annamaria Voltolini Anita Tiffany Pesel Salomé Figueiredo de Santana
Russian boy
Miklós Dávid Kerényi Topolánszky Vince András Rónai Motomi Kiyota Ryosuke Morimoto
Pas de trois
Elena Sharipova Sorokina Nadezhda Rita Hangya Lea Földi Artemisz Pisla Yuliya Golovyna Yuki Wakabayashi Yuka Asai Olga Chernakova
Marie
Oliva Bobvos Franciska Yuki Bonecz Júlia Pásztor Julianna Éva Pollák Katica Ruip
Fritz
Lukács Márton Kiss Gergely Apor Molnár Örs Domonkos Molnár

Events

Premiere: Nov. 28, 2015

Erkel Theatre – Main stage
Erkel Theatre – Main stage
Erkel Theatre – Main stage
Erkel Theatre – Main stage
Erkel Theatre – Main stage
Erkel Theatre – Main stage
Erkel Theatre – Main stage
Erkel Theatre – Main stage
Erkel Theatre – Main stage
Erkel Theatre – Main stage
Erkel Theatre – Main stage
Erkel Theatre – Main stage
Erkel Theatre – Main stage
Erkel Theatre – Main stage
Erkel Theatre – Main stage
Erkel Theatre – Main stage
Erkel Theatre – Main stage
Erkel Theatre – Main stage
Erkel Theatre – Main stage
Erkel Theatre – Main stage
Erkel Theatre – Main stage
Erkel Theatre – Main stage
Erkel Theatre – Main stage
Erkel Theatre – Main stage
Erkel Theatre – Main stage
Erkel Theatre – Main stage
Erkel Theatre – Main stage

Synopsis

Act 1
In front of the house there is an ice-skating rink and a vendor of roasted chestnuts. One after the other, the guests arrive to celebrate together with the family.

The Christmas party
The guests gather around the beautifully decorated Christmas tree, where a great number of presents are waiting for the children. Marie's Uncle Drosselmeier also arrives, accompanied by his nephew, and entertains the guests with a little home puppet show. The performance is about the battle fought between the Nutcracker and the Mouse King over the Princess (who is portrayed by Marie's sister, Louise). Drosselmeier gives the nutcracker doll to Marie, who happily dances with her new favourite. Fritz thoughtlessly grabs the nutcracker doll from Marie, breaking it. Fortunately, Drosselmeier is able to fix the toy. The Christmas festivities close with everybody joining in a dance. The guests go home, and the children get ready to retire for the night. Marie goes to bed holding her new toy.

Act 2

Marie's room

Full of happiness and joy, Marie falls sound asleep in the children's room, naturally with the Nutcracker doll she has received beside her. The clock strikes midnight. As Marie dreams, everything seems to grow to an enormous size: the Christmas tree, the gifts, and the furniture. Even Marie herself is transformed: into a Princess. The puppet show comes to life. The Mouse King leads mice and rats in preparations to attack the house and Christmas tree. In her fright, Marie hopes that the Nutcracker (who is none other than the Nephew) will come to her aid. At the head of an army of lead soldiers who have come to life, the Nutcracker defeats the Mouse King.

Journey to the Land of Snow
The room and the house transform into a forest winter wonderland. Marie – now Princess Marie – and the Nutcracker Prince delight in the Waltz of the Snowflakes together and then dance a lovely, lyrical duet to show their feelings for each other. They then bid farewell to the flurrying snowflakes.

Act 3
Journey
Drosselmeier accompanies the Princess and the Nutcracker Prince to the Snow Crystal Palace.

The Snow Crystal Palace
The inhabitants of the fairy-tale realm adoringly welcome the prince and his bride, Marie, to Drosselmeier's Snow Crystal Palace. A series of dance divertissements, in which the "residents" of the realm introduce themselves, ensues. A lively Spanish trio is followed by an Oriental snake-charming dance. Three Chinese dancers then entertain the guests with jumps and fast spins before the magnificent Russian dance is opened with a male solo. 
In this version, the pas de trois is a brilliant variation for “rococo” ballerinas, which leads, as the greetings conclude, to the climax of these divertissements: the Waltz of the Flowers. 
After the waltz comes the grand pas de deux between Princess Marie and the Nutcracker Prince, a duet constructed in keeping with classical tradition as an adagio, two variations and a coda testifying to the fulfilment of their love. In the finale, they are joined by the entire corps de ballet and the enchantingly lovely inhabitants of the Snow Crystal Palace. 
But as this marvellous and dizzying dream ends, we are returned to Marie’s room, where it is Christmas morning. Fritz rushes in to join her, and they tell each other their dreams.
Marie herself is unable to say whether the Christmas magic was something she dreamed or actually experienced.

Reviews

This new choreography by Wayne Eagling and Tamás Solymosi is not only modern and as brilliant as one would expect, it is also a sort of homage to the legend, as it might be called, to the creative work of Vasili Vainonen and Gusztáv Oláh. The latter considered the sets for The Nutcracker to be the greatest “show” of his life, which is continuously reflected in Beáta Vavrinecz’s own sets in the current production. Nóra Rományi’s costumes are classic, beautiful and timeless.” (Eszter Veronika Kiss, Mno.hu)