COMPAÑÍA NACIONAL DE DANZA. The nutcracker
Director, Joaquín de Luz
COMPAÑÍA NACIONAL DE DANZA (CND)
Director, Joaquín de Luz
9, 10, 11, 12 January, 2020
The National Dance Company’s beautiful and unsettling “Nutcracker”
With the brilliant score by P. I. Tchaikovsky performed by the Royal Seville Symphony Orchestra (ROSS) conducted by the Jaén native Manuel Coves, the National Dance Company (Compañía Nacional de Danza, CND) comes to the Teatro de la Maestranza to offer their updated “Nutcracker”, a timeless classical ballet which remains relevant thanks to its undeniable ability to enchant audiences old and young with a fairy tale at once beautiful and -as the CND version underlines- disturbing and unsettling.
The creation of the original “The Nutcracker” reveals a series of fantasies based the story of a child's love for her broken doll -an apparently childish tale which is also an analogy of life and death- in which her room is transformed into a magical scene populated with dreams and nightmares.
The story was first invented by E. T. A. Hoffmann in 1816 as a fairy tale for Christmas; it was later adapted by Alexandre Dumas, and this version was the basis for Tchaikovsky’s 1892 composition, commissioned by the Ballet Master of the St. Petersburg Imperial Theatres, Marius Petipa. Petipa and Lev Ivanov choreographed the story to create the ballet first performed in 1892 at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. And now, José Carlos Martínez (Cartagena, 1969), former Danseur Étoile of the Paris Opera Ballet and winner of the Spanish National Dance Prize, has renewed the work to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the National Dance Company (CND).
Martínez brings the action into the early 20th century in a production of great elegance, from the stylised staging to the sumptuous costumes and minimalist sets, dazzling the audience and revealing the beauty of this classical ballet, with its extraordinary energy and evocative strength.
In his version, reality and fantasy are closely interlinked. The unconscious and the conscious mind are in constant communication. The worlds of children and adults meet in a single production.
After the great success of “Don Quixote”, which was also presented at the Teatro de la Maestranza, the CND turned again to the classical repertoire to shift the story of “The Nutcracker” to 1910, “accentuating the contrast between the bourgeois realism of a family party and the imaginary world of Clara, where her desires and fears coexist, and wonderful fantasies can be found alongside much more disturbing images. The blurred boundary between the real world and fantasy lets the audience enter a magical universe where they can travel through their own personal memories,” in the words of José Carlos Martínez.
Martínez, who has danced in many famous versions of “The Nutcracker”, including Nureyev’s, knows that the challenge of this ballet is telling the story “in a traditional way but adding a personal touch.” Unlike the more innocent and childlike versions, he has brought out “a certain violence and malevolence in the original tale.” “I think these touches make the work more topical,” he comments on a ballet which has been the first introduction to classical dance for generations of children. “The Nutcracker” is still in fashion.
Music, Pyotr I. Chaikovskyi
Choreography and stage director: José Carlos Martínez
Stage designer, Mónica Boromello
Costumes, Iñaki Cobos
Lighting designer, Olga García Sánchez
Additional choreography (Act II, Spanish dance): Antonio Pérez Rodríguez
Director of magical illusions: Manu Vera
Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla
Conductor, Manuel Coves
Escolanía de Tomares
9, 10, 11, 12 January 2020
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Stalls (Patio) 65€ / 60€
Balcony (1ª Balcón) 63€ / 58€
Balcony (2ª Balcón) 60€ / 56€
Terrace (1ª Terraza) 57€ / 53€
Terrace (2ª Terraza) 54€ / 50€
Slips (1ª Paraíso) 50€ / 46€
Slips (2ª Paraíso) 45€ / 39€
Slips (3ª Paraíso) 40€ / 35€
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