The Nutcracker and I
2 Angel Place, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Australia
19th January 2019
Renowned Romanian pianist Alexandra Dariescu’s re-imagining of Tchaikovsky's enchanting Christmas tale merges piano, ballet and state-of-the-art digital animations in a trailblazing 50-minute multimedia treat for all ages. Behind a see-through gauze screen, Dariescu is at the grand piano playing 15 virtuoso 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.