The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

Choreography by
Jeroen Verbruggen


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


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Infos & Cast

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

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

Duration: approx. 1h50 with one intermission

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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.

Health and Safety Regulations

For your comfort and well-being, we will welcome visitors in accordance with the current health and safety regulations. As recommended by public health authorities and the Swiss Theatres Union, a COVID certificate will be requested on entering the building and masks will be recommanded in order to help visitors feel safe inside the theatre. More details in the COVID Info segment below.

Doors open 1 hour before the performance. We recommend that you come early to avoid queues when entering the building. The Grand Théâtre de Genève will open several entry points to ease the flow of arrivals. Please go first to the main entrance where our ushers will direct you to an entry point.

Free rapid testing available at the theater! The GTG is offering a rapid antigen testing device 2 hours before the performance begins. These tests are free of charge. We recommend coming early so you don’t miss the beginning of the performance.

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On stage


Casse-Noisette at La Plage

Check out all the various events connected with the production.

Public Workshop
Saturday, 30 October at 11AM

About The Nutcracker
Come learn about the choreographic languages of Jeroen Verbruggen, choreographer of The Nutcracker in a contemporary dance workshop led by Fernanda Barbosa, teacher and former GTG Ballet dancer. No requirements to participate, just comfortable clothes and a good pair of socks! The workshop is open to all, including children 8 years old and up accompanied by an adult who is also participating.
Saturday, October 30
At 11AM
Entry CHF 15.–
CHF 10.– (up to 12 years old)

Thurday, 28 October at 6:30PM

About the tale of The Nutcracker and the Mouse King from E. T. A Hoffmann to P. Tchaikovsky!
Presentation: Clara Pons & Luc Birraux
4 hands piano: Reginald Le Reun & Xavier Dami
Thurday, 28 October, 2021
Starting at 6:30 pm
Entrance fee CHF 25.00 (first drink included)
In the Foyer of the GTG

Public rehearsal
Saturday, 30 October at 1PM

The Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève opens to the public one of the last rehearsals of The Nutcracker and allows the public to discover the work of the dancers on some excerpts of this ballet which has become one of the jewels of the company’s repertoire.
Saturday, 30 October, 2021
Doors opening: 12:45 pm
Rehearsal begins: 1pm
Free admission with reservation

Tuesday, 2 November at 6:30PM

Casse-Noisette, une féerie à interpréter et réinterpréter presented by Jean-Pierre Pastori
Rien d’étonnant à ce que les grandes compagnies de ballet affichent Casse-noisette en prélude aux fêtes de fin d’année. C’est le ballet du rêve, de l’enfance, du voyage dans les contrées enchantées. Qu’il s’agisse de la valse des flocons de neige ou de la valse des fleurs, des danses arabe, chinoise et russe, Tchaikovski est au sommet de son art. Le livret s’appuie sur l’Histoire d’un Casse-noisette d’Alexandre Dumas, inspirée elle-même d’un conte d’Hoffmann. Autant dire qu’on se trouve plongé dans le domaine du merveilleux, un merveilleux encore accentué par les décors et costumes oniriques du duo On aura tout vu.
Tuesday, 2 November 2021, 6:30PM at the Théâtre de l’Espérance
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En coulisse
Tueday, 9 November

Haven’t you ever wondered what it’s like on the other side, when the curtain falls on a performance? How does all the technical machinery work? What do the stagehands have to do to get things back into working order? Or maybe just bump into one of the stars of the show?
So let us raise the curtain on all this for you. With every production, we give our patrons an opportunity to come backstage with us, raise their eyes to the flies and take a good look at what’s behind the sets. It may be dark in the wings but there’s a whole lot going on there! And because it’s a really busy place, we can’t really do this more than once per performance run. You will need to book your visit beforehand, so don’t delay!
A member of the theatre staff who can answer all your questions and show you some of the very impressive features of our opera house takes you backstage for free.
After the November 9 performance, a member of the theatre staff who can answer all your questions and show you some of the very impressive features of our opera house takes you backstage for free.
The “En coulisse” tour lasts about 20 minutes, starts 15 minutes after the performance, is free of charge on prior reservation with our box office service by email [email protected].


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