The Nutcracker and I by Alexandra Dariescu is a new and innovative 50-minute live performance based on the magical Christmas story for anyone who dares to dream. …
The Nutcracker and I by Alexandra Dariescu - Premiere at London’s Milton Court
The Nutcracker and I by Alexandra Dariescu is a new and innovative 50-minute live performance based on the magical Christmas story for anyone who dares to dream.
Alexandra’s own story as Clara, a little girl who grew up to become a concert pianist, inspires us with the message of imagination, hope, hard work and determination.
Accompanying Dariescu is ballerina Désirée Ballantyne who dances behind a transparent gauze screen onto which exquisite, hand-drawn digital animations by Yeast Culture are projected. The live projections engage with the pianist and ballerina and draw the audience into the magical world of the Nutcracker story.
Tchaikovsky’s enchanting ballet music features throughout and includes favourites such as Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Arabian Dance, Chinese Dance, Pax de Deux, and the Flower Waltz in 15 virtuosic arrangements by composers Mikhail Pletnev, Stepan Esipoff, Percy Grainger and three brand new adaptations by Gavin Sutherland.
The premiere is taking place at London’s Milton Court, 19 December, 6pm and 8pm. For a sneak preview watch the trailer.