SDT’s The Nutcracker

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Date(s) - 06/12/2017 - 10/12/2017
All Day

Esplanade Theatre


Singapore Dance Theatre will once again be celebrating this holiday season with the return of the quintessential Christmas classical, The Nutcracker.

The Story
In Shanghai, on the 24th of December, Clara and her family are hosting a celebratory party. One of the invited guests is Drosselmeyer, together with his nephew Kristian and four of his schoolmates. Drosselmeyer presents Clara with a gift – a German Nutcracker doll, a gift which he had cast a spell on. The party continues and everyone engages in the merriment and the celebrations.

Later that evening, after the party is over, Clara is still wide awake, long past her bedtime. She goes downstairs to look for her Nutcracker and the spell begins to unfold. Suddenly, the entire house is filled with huge mice taking all the food and presents and causing mischief. Drosselmeyer returns with Kristian and four friends, now as handsome soldiers. Together they protect Clara as a fierce battle ensues between the mice and the soldiers. With Clara’s help, Kristian defeats the mice and leads his battalion to victory.

As a reward, Clara is taken on a magical journey to the Land of Snow where she meets the Snow King and Queen and her snowflake subjects. Clara continues her journey further until she arrives at the Kingdom of Sweets and is greeted by the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier. Everyone from the Land of Sweets comes to entertain Clara with wondrous dances and she is enchanted by the toy soldiers, the Waltz of the Flowers and sights of exotic foreign countries.

“The tradition of annual Nutcracker performances was established by The New York City Ballet with its 1954 production of George Balanchine’s historic retelling of the full length narrative ballet. The Nutcracker had already been around in its original Marius Petipa/Lev Ivanov production, which was first created in the 19th century for the Imperial Theatre in Russia, but its popularity had never taken on the scope it has universally developed since. The present production of Singapore Dance Theatre is there due to the establishment of the company’s first full-length story ballet, presented in 1992, and choreographed by one of the company’s two co-founders, Anthony Then. Our present production may be different in look, but it is entirely the same in spirit,” says Artistic Director Janek Schergen.

Tickets are available at all authorised SISTIC outlets and SDT Office. Tickets: $35, $55, $75 (via SISTIC. Fees apply.) 20% concessions for students.