IT is a ballet favourite and one that could not be more perfect for a family Christmas outing.
Northern Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker opens in Leeds next week and runs until the end of December.
The Nutcracker is a seasonal favourite and in this Northern Ballet revival, it is told in a traditional way.
The company’s artistic director, David Nixon, who has choreographed the production, has set The Nutcracker in the Regency period.
The story is set among the commotion of Christmas. The fire crackles and the pile of presents grows ever higher.
As the clock strikes midnight Clara’s Nutcracker doll proves to be no ordinary toy. Clara is swept away by her Nutcracker prince into a magical winter wonderland of dancing snowflakes and the famous Sugar Plum Fairy.
The Nutcracker is one of the world’s favourite ballets and has delighted audiences, young and old, for over 100 years. It offers the perfect introduction to classical ballet.
The Nutcracker has something for everyone, from the land of the snow, to the dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy; it awakens childlike imagination in everyone.
“People like to return to The Nutcracker because it reminds them of childhood and that magical time when your dreams can become reality,” said David Nixon.
This revival of one of the company’s best-loved productions opens at the Grand Theatre on December 18.
Featured Northern Ballet dancers include Julie Charlet, Ayana Kanda, Sebastian Loe, Pippa Moore, Kenneth Tindall, Hironao Takahashi, John Hull, Ashley Dixon, Giuliano Contadini and Darren Goldsmith.
The score is by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, arranged by John Longstaff and performed live by the Northern Ballet Sinfonia.
The festivities of the season are captured by Charles Cusick Smith’s set designs, David Nixon’s vivid costumes, and Mark Jonathan’s lighting.
Northern Ballet is renowned for its blend of classical dance and theatre.
For up to 30 weeks of the year Northern Ballet’s company of 40 dancers tour a combination of new work and acclaimed repertory pieces to all four UK countries and overseas.
The company says that this extensive touring schedule demonstrates its commitment to providing opportunities for people of all ages to have access to excellence in dance performance and participation.
Talks and demonstrations give an insight into life in a touring ballet company, offer the chance to see the dancers in training and reveal some of the secrets behind creating a production.
And for those with energy or a secret desire to dance, Northern Ballet’s movement workshops offer you the chance to have a go, learn some new steps and get creative, whatever your ability.
For more information about the company, dancers and tour on www.northernballet.co.uk
Box office for Leeds Grand is on 0844 848 2700.