The Nutcracker and I
Alexandra Dariescu | Romania
19 January City Recital Hall $40–$70 + BF 55 mins
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  • Sat 19 January at 2pm
    Sat 19 January at 7pm*
    * Audio described (Tactile Tour starts at 6pm)
  • Premium Reserve $70
    A Reserve $56 / $50 
    B Reserve $40 / $36 
    Family (4) $180 
    Under 30 $39
    + booking fee

The Nutcracker and I
Alexandra Dariescu | Romania
Renowned Romanian pianist Alexandra Dariescu’s reimagining of Tchaikovsky's enchanting Christmas tale merges piano, ballet and state-of-the-art digital animations in a trailblazing multimedia treat for all ages.

Behind a see-through gauze screen, Dariescu is at the grand piano playing 15 virtuosic score movements as ballerina Désirée Ballantyne dances in-sync with digitally projected characters, created using more than 35,000 hand-drawn images.

Beneath fairy dust and swirling snow, this is an uncommonly faithful retelling of Clara’s magical journey from Christmas Eve to the Kingdom of the Sweets and the Sugar Plum Fairy. Innovatively, it also follows Dariescu’s story of a little girl dreaming and working hard to become a concert pianist.

Featuring arrangements of Nutcracker favourites by Percy Grainger, Mikhail Pletnev and Stepan Esipoff, with three new adaptations by Gavin Sutherland, artistic director of the English National Ballet, this magical retelling inspires new and established fans of Tchaikovsky’s classic work.

Important Info
Strict lockout applies. Latecomers will not be permitted.
Cast and Credits
Performer and Producer: Alexandra Dariescu 
Director: Nick Hillel 
Art Director and Director of Animation: Adam Smith 
Choreography (Live and Animation): Jenna Lee 
Ballerina: Désirée Ballantyne 
Technical Producer: Sander Loonen 
Video Design: Yeast Culture

Images: Nigel Norrington
19 January
$40–$70 + BF
55 mins
“Utterly charming and totally engaging”
Seeing Dance

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