World Premiere: ‘The Nutcracker and I, by Alexandra Dariescu’
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We are proud to share that the world premiere of ‘The Nutcracker and I, by Alexandra Dariescu’ will take place on Tuesday 19 December 2017 in London, and tickets are now …

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World Premiere: ‘The Nutcracker and I, by Alexandra Dariescu’

07.08.2017

We are proud to share that the world premiere of ‘The Nutcracker and I, by Alexandra Dariescu’ will take place on Tuesday 19 December 2017 in London, and tickets are now on sale.

With her ground-breaking 50-minute live multi-media performance piece for piano soloist, ballerina and digital animation concert pianist Alexandra Dariescu wants to challenge the traditional concert format and reach out to new audiences who might not have considered coming to a classical concert before. She has created her own personal take on this much-loved story which sees herself re-imagined as Clara: from little girl dreaming to concert pianist. On stage will be a grand piano, played by Dariescu herself, and a ballerina behind a see-through gauze screen. Projected onto the gauze and bringing the story to life are exquisite digital animations, all hand drawn and created in advance by Yeast Culture. They follow the music and engage live with the pianist and ballerina as they ‘dance’ across the screen. The audience will feel like they are actually in and a part of the Nutcracker story.

Tchaikovsky’s beloved ballet music features throughout and includes favourites such as Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Arabian Dance, Chinese Dance, Pas de Deux, and the Flower Waltz in 15 virtuosic arrangements by Mikhail Pletnev, Stepan Esipoff, Percy Grainger and three brand new variations by Gavin Sutherland.

‘The Nutcracker and I, by Alexandra Dariescu’ will receive its world premiere on Tuesday 19 December at 18:00 at Barbican's Milton Court Concert Hall in London. Tickets go on public sale from today. This performance will be immediately followed by 19 performances in Moscow’s International Performing Arts Centre as well as Stavanger International Chamber Music Festival in Norway and multiple tours to China.

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