The State Ballet Academy of Belarus is back in Berwick performing a new and vibrant classical ballet, The Nutcracker, on Sunday, November, 3.
Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky’s ballet has enchanted audiences for generations with its spectacular music and dance.
The story is based on ‘The Nutcracker and the King of Mice by E. T. A. Hoffman, following the adventures of a young girl, Marie, who is gifted a Nutcracker doll by Herr Drosselmeyer for Christmas.
So begins her wondrous night that includes a magically growing Christmas tree, and a midnight battle of toy soldiers who defeat the villainous Mouse King and his army of mice.
In the second act, Marie and Hans Peter visit the Kingdom of the Sweets where the Sugar Plum Fairy and her handsome prince entertain them with a series of dazzling dances with snowflakes.
“Both children and adults cannot help but be captivated by Marie’s miraculous adventures,” writes Amande Concerts’ Julia Ignatowa: “There will be no surprise to any that this production will be of the most delicate, intimate and powerful kind.
“This company is known for its attention to details and, more particularly, for its dramatization in dance of the beauty that this ballet is known for.”
Amande Concerts’ family-orientated production combines a fairytale element, with added glitz from beautiful new costumes, on a tour of 24 venues across the UK.
The academy was established in 1928, through its experience and professional curriculum it teaches enthusiastic young dancers, many of whom are graduates of the Saint Petersburg school and soloists of the Mariinsky Theatre.
“The academy is a place where creativity blossoms,” Ms Ignatowa said. “It has an outstanding level of teaching and performs on the world’s best stages of Russia, Paris, London and New York.
“Many of their young artists have won prizes and diplomas in famous international ballet competitions in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Varna, Luxemburg and Helsinki. Students worldwide strive to attend the State Ballet Academy of Belarus.
“The ballet is brought to life by 45 young artists. With their hard-work and experience, it will prove to be an unforgettable performance. Their dedication to their dance will be admired by ballet lovers, while the simple story of the Nutcracker will captivate children.”
The Nutcracker was first performed in 1892 at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg. It initially had a poor reception, but its combination of enchanting choreography and an unforgettable score have since made it one of the best-loved of all ballets.
The score includes favourites from the flurrying sounds of the Waltz of the Snowflakes to the dream-like Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the vigorous Russian Dance.
The State Ballet Academy of Belarus will begin their tour in Wakefield on Monday, October 28, and end with their finale in Bognor Regis in the run-up to Christmas on Saturday, November 23.
At Berwick Maltings, tickets for the stalls cost £21/£19 (U16 £10), circle £22.50, and boxes £25.50. The show starts at 3pm. To book your seats, or find more information, call The Maltings box office on 01289 330999, or visit www.maltingsberwick.co.uk.