Holiday Ballet Favorite The Nutcracker by South Bay Ballet
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The young, talented dancers of Marat Daukayev Ballet Theatre perform two of ballet's most lyrical works: Sleeping Beauty and Paquita. With a sumptuous score by Tchaikovsky, a fairy tale plot of the triumph of good over evil and classical courtly style, Sleeping Beauty is the ideal production for Marat Daukayev Ballet Theatre's accomplished student dancers. Paquita is Petipa's virtuosic 1881 ballet about a young girl who saves the life of a young French officer, who himself is the target of a Spanish governor who plots to have him killed. A much-loved ballet that showcases the talents of its soloists, Paquita's choreography includes the famous Grand Pas Classique, the Pas de Trois and the Children's Mazurka. Learn More
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The Nutcracker ballet by Peter Tchaikovsky is based on the story “The Nutcracker and the King of Mice” written by E.T.A. Hoffman. Although what is seen on the stage today is different in detail from the original story, the basic plot remains the same: the story of a young girl who dreams of a Nutcracker Prince and of a fierce battle against a Mouse King with seven heads.
When Marius Petipa first choreographed the story into a ballet in 1892, it was actually based on a revision by Alexander Dumas, a well-known French author. His version reflects more of what audiences have come to love as The Nutcracker ballet.