Ballet — The Nutcracker
"The Nutcracker" by P. I. Tchaikovsky stands as one of the most cherished and iconic holiday ballets, beloved by audiences worldwide. Based on the enchanting novella "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King" by the romantic writer Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann, the ballet unfolds against the backdrop of a magical Christmas evening in a quaint German town.
Tchaikovsky, with his masterful composition, weaves a tapestry of music that goes beyond mere entertainment. His symphonic poem delves into the essence of childhood, the journey of the soul towards maturity, and the enchanting wonders of Christmas night. The ballet intricately explores the timeless themes of the battle between light and darkness and the purity of love. From the ethereal beauty of airy snowflakes to the whimsical dance of both menacing and comical rats, and the choreography of masterfully dancing dolls, the production collectively envelops the audience in the atmosphere of a joyous holiday celebration.
The grace and precision exhibited by the dancers of this first-class international troupe breathe life into the characters and emotions meticulously crafted into each pirouette by the composer and choreographer. The professional troupe Royal Classical Ballet includes the most talented ballet dancers from different European countries, who annually visit many cities around the world on tour.
Tickets are CHF 49-129; 30% discount for children under age 12.
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