Ballett, 2003, Musik Pjotr -Peter- Tschaikowskij, Choreographie und
Inszenierung John Neumeier, Semperoper,
Dresden, Foto: Erwin Doering
Ballett 2008,- Yen
Zürich - Fotos: Peter Schmetz
Ballett - Hsin-l
Huang, Clara -
Cloot, Nussknacker / Prinz - Ensemble
München, Foto: Lioba Schöneck
Ballet - Audrey
van Herck, Zuckerfee - Gärtnerplatztheater,
München, Foto: Lioba Schöneck
Masha - Nadeshda Gonchar und Vladimir
Shklyarovr Prinz - Mariinsky
Scene 1. Counsellor Stahlbaum´s Kitchen
The ballet begins in the kitchen of Counsellor Stahlbaum´s house,
where preparations for the chrismas holiday dinner are underway. Before
the stunned kitchen maids sausage-people, a human soup tureen, and a
platter with a boar´s head stride in on human legs. All these
metamorphoses dissipate when these apparitions turn out to be cooks
carrying delicacies on their shoulders.
As the scene continues, the world of the kitchen acquires an even more Hoffmannesque
character. A cook attempting to cut a slice of cheese is surprised to discover
a naughty little rat inside the cheese. The startled rat dashes out between
the cook´s legs and heads for the kitchen, creating panic and havoc
among the kitchen staff who then, to their horror, realize that one of the
sous-chefs is also a rat in disguise.
Counsellor and Mrs. Stahlbaum come to the kitchen with their children Masha
and Fritz, who hope for a taste. The favorite child, Fritz, gets a sweet,
while Masha is rudely pushed aside.
The staff and members of the Stahlbaum family leave the kitchen and rat
hooligans of all ages emerge from every nook and cranny and set to feasting.
In the heat of the festivities the Rat Cardinal Kryselieu and Masha´s
godfather Drosselmeyer appear, Drosselmeyer with his young nephew the Nutcracker.
The Dressing Room
Counsellor Stahlbaum and his wife come to their dressing room to dress for
the Christmas party, followed by their children.
As the adults preen in front of their respective mirrors – the Counsellor´s
convex mirror reflects everything wider, while Mrs. Stahlbaum´s concave
mirror stretches the reflection vertically – servants propose garment
after garment. The parents find nothing to their liking, and settle on the
house-coats they are already wearing. The spoiled Fritz gets a Napoleonic
hat to wear, while Masha, through whose eyes we see the closet, enormous,
foreboding, dark, is once again pushed aside.
The Christmas evening
The Stahlbaum´s guests gather for the Christmas diner. Masha´s
godfather Drosselmeyer arrives. He presents his automatic dolls to the
assembled company: The Recruit and his Canteen Girl and two Cossacks.
Drosselmeyer gives Grandfather Stahlbaum an enormous pipe, Fritz a miniature
bridge for his toy soldiers.
Masha is left with the toy no one wants, the
She is charmed by the Nutcracker´s
agility cracking nuts, and she senses that he is not just a toy. The
guests retire to the table at the back of the room for diner.
Grandfather and his Bonapartist friend observe the festivities from
their chairs, then Grandfather decides to lead a dance. He dances vigorously
and becomes so carried away that he loses one of his shoes.
The Wine Cellar:
The Guests Depart
After the chrismas party, the guests file out through
the wine cellar into the snowy night. The last to leave is Drosselmeyer,
holding aloft a platter with the boar´s head from diner, licked
clean to the bone.
After the guests have left and the household has retired for the night,
Masha slips back to the parlor to see the Nutcracker. In the darkness
she sees rats in ball gowns. Frightened, she faints. The rats disappear.
The parlor clock strikes midnight. The transformation begins.
When Masha awakens from her fainting spell, she sees
that the parlor has become enormously large, so large that she is the
size of a toy. She hears fanfares. Drosselmeyer swings on the pendulum
of the grandfather clock. Masha watches in terror as the rat army rallies
before the Rat Emperor. The army is commanded by a Rat Napoleon, quite
reminiscent of her spoiled brother Fritz. The Nutcracker´s soldiers
appear, and the battle begins. The Rat Emperor forgets his pride and
slips out of his mantle, which, as it turns out, is nothing but a false
In his haste to escape danger, the Emperor leaves the royal mantle and
six of his terrifying heads behind and dashes for cover in Drosselmeyer´s
wig, along with the Queen and their two small children. The Crown Prince
remains in the fray, battling the Nutcracker.
The battle rages. Masha is so alarmed by the fighting that she hides
in Grandfather´s shoe.
The Nutcracker fights with the Crown Prince one on one.
Masha manages to deal the Crown Prince a blow to the head with her own
shoe, taking advantage of the height of her perch.
The Crown Prince is stunned for a moment, and the Nutcracker deals him
a final blow with his sword. The wounded Prince accepts defeat, gallantly
saluting Masha. The Rat Emperor gives Masha a royal mantle. Masha and
the Nutcracker mount the shoe and ascend into the branches of the tree.
Masha and the Nutcracker travel in Grandfather´s shoe through the
night sky, above the rooftops of the sleeping town. The only lighted window
is in the sweets shop Confiturenburg.
Snow begins to fall. Masha and the Nutcracker are forced to make a stop
in their journey. They alight in an abandoned churchyard where strange
cocoons hang from the trees. Snowflakes, led by their Queen, surround
Masha. Masha dances with them. The dance gets faster and faster, becoming
a real blizzard that could cost Masha her life. The Nutcracker rescues
her, and Drosselmeyer stops the storm.
- Baranovsky, Masha
Scene 1. The Sweets
Shop - Confiturenburg,
Masha and the Nutcracker finally arrive in Confiturenburg,
seen through the window of the sweets shop. It is filled with candies
and pastries and with sweets-loving flies and bees; doctors ready to
pull rotten teeth or cure a sick stomach wander about. Masha and the
Nutcracker are greeted by the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Nutcracker´s
four sisters. Suddenly the Fly-Person attacks the Nutcracker, who successfully
fights him off.
The inhabitants of Confiturenburg present dances for Masha and the Nutcracker.
Masha is stunned by the extraordinary spectacle. In a burst of feeling
she runs to the Nutcracker and kisses him. Her kiss breaks the spell
and the Nutcracker is transformed into a Prince. Their wedding waltz
the Sweets Shop
On the snowy street outside Confiturenburg stands a distraught
Drosselmeyer. The window is boarded up, and light comes through the
cracks between the planks. Drosselmeyer tries desperately to see what
is happening within.
17. bis 21. Jahrhundert
- Der Nussknacker, Walzer, Schnee-Flocken-Walzer, Tschaikowsky, Petipa
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