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The Nutcracker

Ballet-féerie by Vasily Medvedev and Yuri Burlaka after Lev Ivanov | Music by Peter I. Tchaikovsky
Wed 23.10.2013 / 19:30 h / price_38-122_sbb / tickets / Premiere

Ballet-féerie in two acts and four scenes, with a prologue based on the story by E. T. A. Hoffmann | Libretto by Vasily Medvedev and Yuri Burlaka, based on the scenario by Marius Petipa | Music by Peter I. Tchaikovsky

2:30 h | 1 intermission

The Concert Programme

Premiere on 23rd October 2013 at the Deutsche Oper Berlin

At long last, the Staatsballett Berlin is once more dancing THE NUTCRACKER, one of the most popular ballets ever. Vasily Medvedev and Yuri Burlaka, two Russian choreographers and connoisseurs of the tradition, have developed a version for the Staatsballett Berlin which is based on the historic stage designs and choreography from the original of 1892. The stage designs and costumes have been modelled on the historic designs, part of the treasures of the Russian ballet archives. The choreography, which was created for Lev Ivanov's inaugural performance, is largely based on his specifications – after all, it was he who gave this ballet his unmistakable style of dancing and whose art continues to be stylistically influential even to this day.

In combination with the brilliance of modern dance, this production – a loving reconstruction designed as a great ballet féerie – reveals all of its nostalgic charm and promises the wonderful anticipation of Christmas: it's as if Peter I. Tchaikovsky had composed the falling of snowflakes or the fragrance of Christmas spices – a piece of musical genius.



Vasily Medvedev

Stage design based on historical designs

Andrei Voytenko

Costumes based on historical designs

Tatiana Noginova

Choreographic assistance

Stanislav Feco


Robert Reimer


Solisten und Corps de ballet des Staatsballetts Berlin sowie Schülerinnen und Schüler der Staatlichen Ballettschule Berlin


Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin


Kinderchor der Komischen Oper Berlin