This "Nutcracker" is a new Ashley Page creation, Emma. Here is what Page said about it to the Scotsman:
A new, dark version of Nutcracker, choreographed by Page and designed by his long-time collaborator Antony McDonald, will be the company’s Christmas show, a gift for tutu traditionalists. With McDonald, Page eventually wants to do Petrushka, a role he’s never danced, but which he agrees would once have been ideal casting for him. "Nutcracker’s not going to be your standard pretty, pretty version, though, because I’m going back to Hoffman’s original story." Nevertheless, he’ll be keeping Ivanov’s grand pas de deux for the Sugar Plum Fairy. "After all, that’s a bit of a standard setter for ballet companies the world over," he says.
There have been a few newspaper interviews which you can find in our "UK news and views" forum: http://forum.criticaldance.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=17;t=000697
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