The Nutcracker

          The Nutcracker          

Music by Piotr Illich Tchaikovsky
Choreography by Jeroen Verbruggen
From the 6th to the 16th of November 2021

Il lui fit, par un jeu de bascule des plus simples, ouvrir sa bouche, qui, en s’ouvrant, découvrit deux rangs de dents blanches et pointues. Alors Marie, sur l’invitation de son père, y fourra une noisette, et, knac ! knac !

Alexandre Dumas Histoire d’un casse-noisette

Infos & Cast


Infos & Cast

6, 9, 10, 12, 15, 16 novembre 2021 – 20h
14 novembre 2021 – 15h

Choreography Jeroen Verbruggen
Scenography  & costumes On Aura Tout Vu
Lighting Designer Benjamin Ormerod
Music Piotr Ilitch Tchaïkovski
Musical Director Yannis Pouspourikas

Grand Théâtre de Genève Ballet
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

Created for the Grand Théâtre de Genève Ballet in 2014

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This story is happening in someone’s head. Let’s call him Drosselmeier. I can almost see him right here. Yes him, the guy who’s waving his arms with the music, that could be Drosselmeier. Or someone else. Or you. Or me. Or them. As long as you have the music in your head and body, the story is happening there too. Like all good stories, this one begins with another story. Before the Story of a Nutcracker there was the Story of a Hard Nut To Crack. This story goes deep into a world where it isn’t easy to be different or to put one’s identity at stake in the diversity game. Accepting one’s identity, going through an identity crisis, having several identities, looking for one’s own identity, losing oneself, finding oneself… All these things are like eating a nut: you have to crack the shell before you find what you are looking for. So this is the story of The Nutcracker, of who he is and how he became what he is. It is also one of best-loved repertoire pieces of the Geneva Ballet, with 65 performances to its credit, seen in 21 different theatres in France, Italy, Germany and Russia, with its last Geneva performance in November 2015. It’s therefore high time that the Geneva public got reacquainted with Jeroen Verbruggen’s version of The Nutcracker, as “dark and exciting as a witches’ coven” (Alexandre Demidoff in Le Temps). The Belgian choreographer, who lives in Monaco, with his boundless imagination and festive, exuberant and tender vision of dance, delivered much more than just “another Nutcracker” at the Grand Théâtre in 2014. With his idiosyncratic choreographic language, he completely revisited Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece, first choreographed in St Petersburg by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov in 1892. Set and dressed by the Parisian fashion duo On aura tout vu (designers Livia Stoianova and Yassen Samouilov) in a baroque/gothic Christmas dream, Verbruggen’s Nutcracker gives back her original name of Marie to the young dreamer, who is both upset and fascinated by her budding womanhood. Marie’s Christmas visitor Drosselmeier is the crazy ringmaster of her night-time circus and the nut in which she will find the prince that needs her to set him free. The performances of this revival of The Nutcracker by the Ballet du Grand Théâtre will be accompanied by the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande under the direction of Yannis Pouspourikas.


The Nutcracker at La Plage

Public Workshop 30.10.2021
Public Rehearsal 30.10.2021
En coulisse 9.11.2021


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