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 Post subject: Tulsa Ballet's New Nutcracker
PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2003 9:56 am 

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The full description of the brand new production as newly released this week:

World Premiere
Imagine Parisian glamour. Imagine 1920's flare. Imagine yourself at the opulent Paris Opera House. The holiday classic, The Nutcracker, will take you on a European adventure in this new adaptation choreographed by Tulsa Ballet's own Artistic Director, Marcello Angelini. You will be transported back in time on a journey that will take you from Paris to Versailles and on to the castles of Northern France as you follow the fantasies of star-struck ballet student, Clara, as her dreams come true.

Choreography: Marcello Angelini
Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikowsky

"The Nutcracker" is a staple in most ballet companies throughout the world. The traditional holiday ballet has served as an introduction to the art form for countless people in the U.S., but in other parts of the world "The Nutcracker" is performed year-round and is enjoyed purely for it's artistic qualities, rather than as an annual winter tradition. It is this essence of "The Nutcracker" that Tulsa Ballet hopes to capture with the premiere of a brand new "Nutcracker" in December 2003.

Mr. Angelini developed the concept and storyline, basing it more closely on the original E.T.A. Hoffman tale of impossible love, and centering it in the context of dance, romanticizing the art form through the well-known story of "The Nutcracker." Challenging his own artistic fortitude, he has chosen to also choreograph the production, saving significantly on artistic fees that would be paid to an outside choreographer. Mr. Angelini's new "Nutcracker" will mark his full-length choreographic debut (his choreography was last featured in Acts I and III of Tulsa Ballet's "Swan Lake").

Mr. Angelini's story takes place at the height of glamorous life-1920s' Paris. The story begins at the last ballet class of the year at the Paris Opera Ballet. Marie, a young dancer, is captivated by Charles, the handsome star of the professional company, who has just finished rehearsing a pas de deux. Marie is mesmerized by thoughts of dancing with Charles. Mr. Drosselmeier, the company's artistic director, interrupts her daydream with a surprise he has for his students. He announces that the company will soon begin work on its first ever production of "The Nutcracker." To the delight of the students and their parents, Drosselmeier presents a puppet show depicting the tale as his gift to them. As the story unfolds, soldiers battle mice and eventually, Marie is transformed by her love for the Nutcracker Prince in the puppet show (whom she envisions to be Charles), and embarks on a magical journey with her newfound love. The story then takes place, as it is popularly known. Only the locations and timeframe will be different, keeping to the romantic appeal of our Parisian setting. In the end, Marie wakes bewildered at what she has experienced, dismissing it as a mere dream. As she leaves the theatre, she passes Charles, glancing at him. He stops and returns her gaze in a very familiar way. She wonders…was it real or just a dream?

Although Tulsa Ballet has produced "The Nutcracker" in Oklahoma for more than 30 years, every aspect of the production will be new. Choreography, sets and costumes will all be created to fit the unique storyline and setting. However, Tchaikovsky's original score will not be replaced. The production itself will be an improvement in its entirety over the previous "Nutcracker" simply by being new and fresh, giving our audiences a visually stunning production for the same admission price as our beloved 33-year old production with which they are familiar.

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