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Music : Piotr Ilyitch Tchaikovski

Choreography : Rudolf Nureyev after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov



Casse Noisette - Donald Southern Collection

The Nutcracker was created on the 18th December 1892 at the Maryinski Theatre in Saint-Petersburg.

Rudolf Nureyev staged The Nutcracker for the first time in November 1967 for the Royal Swedish Ballet following the request of Erick Bruhn.

This version was to be revived several times in London, Milan, Buenos Aires and Berlin.
The original libretto by Alexandre Dumas was completely revised by Nureyev who gave his version of The Nutcracker a psychoanalytic dimension: Drosselmeyer and the Prince are one and the same person, representing the ideal man dreamt up by the heroine, ready to leave her childhood and become a teenager.

Rudolf Noureev & Merle Park in Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker" Grand Pas de Deux.

In 1988, Rudolf, produced a filmed production of the ballet with Elisabeth Maurin in the role of Clara, and with Laurent Hilaire playing Drosselmeyer.

It was on the film set for The Nutcracker in the studios in Bry sur Marne that Rudolf Nureyev appointed Elisabeth Maurin principal dancer.