The Nutcracker – A Magnificent Christmas Tale

27 November 2016 – 26 Ferbruary 2017

In more than one hundred and twenty years of the Nutcracker’s performance, the ballet’s fame does not wane, and the Nutcracker has become a must on the Christmas repertoire of all major theatres. This most performed ballet in the world was originally created according to a story by German writer E.T.A. Hoffman, and was adapted for a libretto by Marius Petipa from the text of Alexandre Dumas the elder.

The story of a little girl Clara that gets inspired by a gift – a Nutcracker doll, and with it passes through spectacular adventures with the guidance of the mysterious uncle Drosselmeyer – is a timeless Christmas classic. Its uniqueness lies in the journey into the mythical, fantastic, unexpected, and at times a bit scary, transferred to the ballet stage with fantastic music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and original choreography of Lev Ivanov.

The Museum of Arts and Crafts, as the finale of this year’s exhibition season, organized a brilliant exhibition The Nutcracker – A Magnificent Christmas Tale. Fairytale setting by Saša Šekoranja with an impressive tree, dramatic entry and a sense of wandering through the fantastic world of dreams with Clara and her Nutcracker brings the story close to all visitors and perfectly conveys the Christmas atmosphere.

The uniqueness of this exhibition is achieved through collaborations, as well as the fact that this is the first comprehensive exhibition of this ballet and the story of Nutcracker ever installed in the world. As such, this exhibition is an inevitable point of Advent in Zagreb, with a unique offer that places the Museum of Arts and Crafts in the center of cultural events of this season.

Furthermore, costumes and scenery papers from the Mariinsky Theatre premiere of The Nutcracker in 1892, in the ownership of the State Museum of St. Petersburg for Theatre and Music, will be presented outside of Russia’s borders for the first time. The Staatsballett loan from Berlin, more specifically from their production of The Nutcracker set in 2013 signed by Vasily Medvedev and Yuri Burlaka, two Russian choreographers and top connoisseurs of the ballet tradition, is especially interesting. Teatro alla Scala, one of the most resonant ballet company names in the world, is also a partner of the exhibition. The exhibition at the Museum of Arts and Crafts will show a selection from the costume collection of Belinda Wright, an Englishwoman and prima donna of the English National Ballet (formerly the London Festival Ballet), owned by her dance and life partner – Croat Jelko Yuresha. Undeniably, the exhibition would not be complete without the historical accounts of the Nutcracker on the stage of the Croatian National Theatre.

Cooperation with the National Theatre as part of Advent in Zagreb is a unique opportunity for local and international visitors to experience on a single city square the magic of The Nutcracker, with its history and story, and a contemporary interpretation of ballet.

Vesna Ledić, project leader and author of the preliminary concept; Arijana Koprčina, author and curator of the exhibition


10.12. Creative workshops (10:00 – 14:00 )
11.12. Creative workshop (musical) in collaboration with  Udruga Praktikum (10:00)
17.12. Creative workshops (10:00 – 14:00 )
18.12. Creative workshop (musical) in collaboration with Udruga Praktikum (10:00)
3.-8.1. Creative workshops (weekdays 10:00-16:00, weekends 10:00-14:00)
8.1. Creative workshop in collaboration with Udruga Praktikum (10:00)

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