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21. December 2019

Magical Christmas with The Nutcracker

The Norwegian National Ballet’s Christmas fairytale The Nutcracker offers dreams and magic for the entire family – in a story set in Kristiania in 1905.

The Nutcracker is more than a ballet; it is a Christmas fairytale we love to share with new generations again and again. Fifty years have passed since the Norwegian National Ballet first performed the Christmas ballet, starting what has become a strong tradition – for both audiences and the Opera House. At the same time, it has become a door opener: every time the curtain goes up for The Nutcracker, there is someone in the audience seeing the ballet for the very first time.

Magical pre-Christmas dream

We get to experience both a dream and magic. The story revolves around Clara, neither child nor adult, who feels left out of the big Christmas celebration. She falls asleep and, in her dream, the guests are transformed into rats and mice, and the nutcracker into a real prince. In an overgrown and slightly spooky universe, the prince and Clara fight against the rats and mice. During the second act, the gifts from the foreign guests also come to life and begin to dance – under the control of the mystical doll maker Drosselmeyer.

Popular fairytale

The ballet is based on E.T.A. Hoffman’s story ‘The Nutcracker and the Mouse King’ and is danced around the world during Christmastime. Choreographer Kaloyan Boyadjiev and scenographer and costume designer Jon Bausor created an entirely new production in 2016 in which the Christmas tale about Clara is set in Kristiania in 1905 during a time when the young nation of Norway is trying to find its place in the world. “A fairytale you won’t want to leave,” wrote Dagbladet after the premiere and sales figures show that audiences have embraced the ‘new’ Nutcracker.

The Nutcracker is also a performance in which both young and mature dancers have the opportunity to shine in a myriad of different roles, from the youngest dancers of the Norwegian National Ballet School as the rats and sweets to such dream roles as the prince and both the young and adult Clara.

When Tchaikovsky’s music fills the house, you know that Christmas is just around the corner.

  • Free introduction in Norwegian one hour before the performance
  • Theatrical smoke is used during this production.
  • Pre-order intermission refreshments at the opera: pauseservering.no

Artistic team and cast

  • Concept
    Kaloyan Boyadjiev, Jon Bausor
  • Direction and choreography
    Kaloyan Boyadjiev
  • Music
    Pjotr Tsjajkovskij
  • Set designer
    Jon Bausor
  • Costume designers
    Jon Bausor, Bregje van Balen
  • Lighting designer
    James Farncombe
  • Conductors
    Per Kristian Skalstad / Cathrine Winnæs
  • Performers
    The Norwegian National Ballet, the Opera Orchestra, the Ballet School, the Children Chorus
Roles
    • Clara
        • 29. Nov 2019
        • 3. Dec 2019
        • 6. Dec 2019
        • 11. Dec 2019
        • 30. Nov 2019
        • 2. Dec 2019
        • 4. Dec 2019
        • 30. Nov 2019
        • 9. Dec 2019
        • 11. Dec 2019
        • 20. Dec 2019
        • 21. Dec 2019
        • 6. Dec 2019
        • 10. Dec 2019
        • 14. Dec 2019
        • 13. Dec 2019
        • 16. Dec 2019
        • 18. Dec 2019
        • 14. Dec 2019
        • 18. Dec 2019
        • 21. Dec 2019
    • Nøtteknekkerprinsen
        • 29. Nov 2019
        • 3. Dec 2019
        • 6. Dec 2019
        • 11. Dec 2019
        • 30. Nov 2019
        • 2. Dec 2019
        • 4. Dec 2019
        • 13. Dec 2019
        • 16. Dec 2019
        • 18. Dec 2019
        • 30. Nov 2019
        • 9. Dec 2019
        • 11. Dec 2019
        • 6. Dec 2019
        • 10. Dec 2019
        • 14. Dec 2019
        • 14. Dec 2019
        • 18. Dec 2019
        • 21. Dec 2019
        • 20. Dec 2019
        • 21. Dec 2019
    • Drosselmeyer
        • 29. Nov 2019
        • 30. Nov 2019
        • 3. Dec 2019
        • 6. Dec 2019
        • 9. Dec 2019
        • 11. Dec 2019
        • 13. Dec 2019
        • 14. Dec 2019
        • 18. Dec 2019
        • 20. Dec 2019
        • 21. Dec 2019
        • 30. Nov 2019
        • 2. Dec 2019
        • 4. Dec 2019
        • 6. Dec 2019
        • 10. Dec 2019
        • 11. Dec 2019
        • 14. Dec 2019
        • 16. Dec 2019
        • 18. Dec 2019
        • 21. Dec 2019