December 24, 11:00, 15:00, 19:00
December 30, 11:00, 15:00, 19:00
December 31, 11:00, 15:00, 19:00
January 1, 15:00, 19:00
The "Nutcracker" is a classical ballet always drawing audiences of all ages. At the end of the 19th century the director of imperial theaters Prince Vsevolzhsky decided to create a magnificent and luxurious performance that would become the main event of the season. That's how Tchaikovsky got his commission to write the music to the "Nutcracker".
Tchaikovsky's music was lauded by critics, but some of the composer's contemporaries doubted the possibility of its staging. The Nutcracker's music is more complex than other Tchaikovsky works composed for ballet. It is not for nothing that the composer was caller the reformer of ballet music, someone who added dynamics, end-to-end development of characters and musical themes.
Nutcracker ballet based on scenario of Marius Petipa premiered in December 1892 at the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg. Since then the ballet has undergone a record number of stagings — both classical and modern ones.