Preview: 过年 The Nutcracker by The National Ballet of China
While primarily known as a Christmas ballet, you can expect the 2018 Yuletide spirit to carry on well into 2019 with the arrival of The National Ballet of China’s production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker in January this year.
Presented by MyChinaChannel, 过年 The Nutcracker performs in Singapore for the very first time at the Esplanade Theatre from 18th to 20th January 2019, and plays as part of the company’s 60th anniversary. A total of 65 performers will be involved with the production, the company’s very first for 2019.
Previously performed in Europe to rave reviews, the company’s new version of the ballet has given the classic an Asian twist. Now set during Chinese New Year, watch as lead character Yuan Yuan travels to magical lands in her dreams after receiving the nutcracker from a friend during the Chinese New Year . While still maintaining the original score from Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker will also be featuring brand new kingdoms and worlds unique to the production, such as the Kingdom of the Crane and Porcelain Kingdom, while gorgeous costumes and spectacular setpieces will showcase a fusion between the aesthetics of the East and the West.
With one of China’s most renowned ballet companies at the fore, 过年 The Nutcracker is set to be a visual delight for both ballet enthusiasts and those new to the art form, promising a colourful journey into the many fantastic imaginary realms of this modern classic, commemorating Chinese New Year 2019 with art, grace and a little hint of pure magic.
过年: The Nutcracker plays at the Esplanade Theatre from 18th to 20th January 2019. Tickets available from SISTIC