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Nutcracker in Tivoli

The Nutcracker

COPENHAGEN: Tivoli proudly presents a new production of the all-time favourite Christmas ballet, The Nutcracker. Choreography by Ballet Chief Peter Bo Bendixen
. Set designs by Queen Margrethe II.

Premiere 22 November at the Tivoli Concert Hall.

The Nutcracker, premiere at Tivoli 22. November 2012

Across the world, The Nutcracker is performed at Christmas time, and for many, Christmas is not perfect without it. The tale of Clara’s Christmas Eve, when she is given the nutcracker which later becomes her saviour in the battle against the evil mice in her dreams, has universal appeal and relevance for young and old alike.

This lavish new production moves the plot to Copenhagen in the eighteen seventies
. Clara’s Christmas Eve includes guests like writer Hans Christian Andersen, ballet master August Bournonville and Tivoli director Bernhard Olsen. Naturally, Clara’s Dreamland is the Tivoli Gardens where all sorts of magic happen. This you we see for yourself when stepping out into Tivoliafter the performance.

Peter Bo Bendixen choreograph of the new Nutcracker at Tivoli.

Flower dress for Nutcracker in Tivoli. Design: Queen Margrethe II

Peter Bo Bendixen explains: “I have danced in many Nutcrackers and I have seen even more

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. Ever since coming to work for Tivoli in 2005, I have wanted to create this special Tivoli production. It is a perfect match, I think.”

The Nutcracker is Queen Margrethe’s fifth production as a set designer for Tivoli. The previous four have been for the Pantomime Theatre, and this is her biggest production yet, with costumes for 36 dancers in however many roles. The Queen’s designs are always very colourful and she has a special love of fun and surprising gimmicks, such as sets or props that change into something else.

Peter Tsjaikovskij, composer of the music to the Nutcracker ballet.


Costumes for the Nutcracker ballet in Tivoli, Copenhagen. Design HM Queen Margrethe II.

The Nutcracker opened 1892 in St. Petersburg with a libretto by Marius Petipa after ETA Hoffmann’s story and music by Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky. It rapidly became a Christmas classic not least because of the catchy music and the many colourful scenes from Clara’s Dreamland.

Premiere Friday 22 November 20:00

Wednesdays and Thursdays 19:00
Fridays 16:30
Saturdays 14:00 and 17:00
Sundays 14:00

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