Vandaag is het 125 jaar geleden dat het ballet De Notenkraker van Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in première is gegaan.

Originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, the libretto is adapted from E.T.A.Hoffmann’s story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King”. It was given its première at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg on Sunday, 18 December 1892, on a double-bill with Tchaikovsky’s opera, Iolanta. Although the original production was not a success, the twenty-minute suite that Tchaikovsky extracted from the ballet was. However, the complete Nutcracker has enjoyed enormous popularity since the late 1960s and is now performed by countless ballet companies, primarily during the Christmas season. The picture comes from the original production.

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