Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker & The Mouse King
The Nutcracker, Op. 71Live Recording from The Amsterdam Music Theatre, 2011
Anna Tsygankova (Clara Staalboom), Matthew Golding (Prince), James Stout (Nutcracker) & Alexander Zhembrovskyy (Mouse King)
Dutch National Ballet & Holland Symfonia, Ermanno Florio
Going to see Nutcracker with the whole family has been a tradition in other countries for many years. Now it is a tradition in the Netherlands as well. It became apparent that the Netherlands had also adopted this tradition in 1996, when the Dutch National Ballet presented its own version of the famous fairytale ballet. It is a magical production that has won the hearts of more than 250,000 people to date. Choreographers Toer van Schayk and Wayne Eagling created a Nutcracker for the children and adults of today. It is more dynamic and exciting, and less sweet than usual. They also chose to give a Dutch twist to their interpretation of the story, with skaters on the canals and a living room that transforms into a snowy forest. Unlike the original story, the production by Eagling and Van Schayk (who also designed the delightful sets and costumes) does not take place on Christmas Eve in a German town, but during St. Nicholas celebrations in Amsterdam, around 1810.