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International Festival Ballet presents - Nutcracker

Folkets hus Östersund PB-Hallen
15 nov. 2024
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Event Description

the famous ballet classics, full of grace and beauty.

Folkets hus öppnar dörrarna 17:00 för enklare förtäring och bar.
Dörrar till PB 18:30
Show startar 19:00

Första akt 50 min
Paus 20 min
Andra akt 50 min. 

Music: Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Choreography: M. Petipa and L. Ivanov
Libretto by I. Vsevolozhsky and M. Petipa
Set Design and Costumes by Vyacheslav Okunev
Artistic director Alex Bogutsky

A consummate work of art

The Nutcracker is a one of the most popular ballets for over a century.  Marvelous Tchaikovsky's music brings us a Christmas fairy tale land. Numerous ballet companies around the world stage the famous ballet every year during the winter months. Both children and adults look forward to attending a magical performance of The Nutcracker each holiday season.

The first performance of the ballet was held on 18 December 1892, at the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia.

International Festival Ballet

The International Festival Ballet is an international ballet that thinks beyond national borders and represents understanding and coexistence in the poetry of art, music and dance. Since the beginning of the war, the artists have expressed their position against the Russian aggression by numerous protest actions before each of their performances. Therefore, they are now also threatened by Russia. The team, which also includes a large number of Ukrainian dancers, naturally sees itself as a ballet of peace and cohesion between all people.

Artistically, the ballet represents the Russian school of classical ballet in its purest form. Rigorous elegance combined with modern and 21st century influences, that is to say, a high-class dance performance – all this combined with splendid costumes and sumptuous sets.

Classical ballet has a long tradition in Ost Europe, which is still celebrated today. The country has produced many renowned prima ballerinas, dancers and choreographers. The renowned Russian ballet schools are known for their high standards and rigor, and the students for their drive to perform, their ambition and their enormous talent. The 42 dancers of the International Festival Ballet have also passed through this tough school, be it the Vaganova Academy in St. Petersburg, the Moscow Academy of Choreography, State Academy of Choreography Kiew,  the Ufa Ballet School or the Perm Ballet Academy. They have all worked in the main ballet theaters of Russia, Ukraine and Moldova and have won numerous prizes at international ballet festivals and competitions. Together, they have become one of the most aesthetically and technically successful ballet companies not only in Ost Europe, but also in the world as part of the International Festival Ballet. In addition to absolutely precise dance technique, this high-level ballet is distinguished by a harmonious and consistent overall image and elegant lightness. The International Festival Ballet shines with a perfect dance performance which takes the audience's breath away.


The Nutcracker ballet is based on Alexander Dumas' version of the story "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King" by E.T.A. Hoffmann. Tchaikovsky's musical production premiered on 18 December 1892 in St. Petersburg under the choreography of Lev Ivanov and thrilled both children and adults.

The focus is on Mary. On Christmas Eve she receives a nutcracker from her godfather Drosselmeyer. When she falls asleep, she dreams of a battle of the soldiers led by the Nutcracker against the army of the Mouse King. With her help, the Nutcracker wins and then becomes a prince. The prince travels with Mary to the Kingdom of Delight. He travels through the fir forest to Jamberg Castle, where the inhabitants and the Sugar Plum Fairy throw a party in honour of their guests. In addition to the grandiose stage design by the brilliant director Vyacheslav Okunev, who works for the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg and La Scala in Milan, and their magnificent costumes, the boundless elegance and carefree lightness of the International Festival Ballet ensemble offer a dreamlike, fairy-tale version of a classic ballet that continues to fascinate after more than 100 years. 


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