Wayne Eagling / Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

The Nutcracker

Ballet

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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)

Fairy-tale ballet in three acts
Age limit: over 6 years

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CAST AND CREW

General cast:
Conductor: Imre Kollár / András Déri

Princess Marie: Sofia Ivanova-Skoblikova / Aliya Tanykpayeva / Tatiana Melnik / Cristina Balaban / Lili Felméry / Ellina Pokhodnykh / Minjung Kim / Diana Kosyreva / Elizaveta Cheprasova
Prince: Dmitry Timofeev / Ievgen Lagunov / Dmitry Diachkov / Gergő Ármin Balázsi / Zoltán Oláh / Gergely Leblanc
Drosselmeier: Mikalai Radziush / Levente Bajári / Alekszandr Komarov / Gábor Szigeti
Mouse King/Mouse King doll: Mikalai Radziush / Iurii Kekalo / Ievgen Lagunov / Vladyslav Melnyk / Dénes Darab / Attila Szakács

Credits:
Choreographer: Tamás Solymosi / Wayne Eagling
Composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Set designer: Gusztáv Oláh
Costume designer: Nóra Rományi
Staging ballet master: Wayne Eagling
Company répétiteurs:
Mária Aradi / Imre Dózsa / Ildikó Pongor / Dace Radina / Edit Rujsz / Tamás Solymosi / György Szirb / Marianna Venekei

Students trained: Evelyn Janács
Head of the Children's Chorus: Nikolett Hajzer

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