The Nutcracker

by George Balanchine 1954

Music: Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky (The Nutcracker, produced 1892; violin cadenza from The Sleeping Beauty added 1955

Based on: Alexandre Dumas père version of E. T. A. Hoffmann's tale, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (1816)

Choreography: George Balanchine (CANDY CANE variation (TREPAK) and Little Prince's mime choreographed by Lev Ivanov. BATTLE BETWEEN THE NUTCRACKER AND THE MOUSE KING choreographed by Jerome Robbins.)

Scenery: Horace Armistead (executed by Century Scenic Studios)

Costumes: Karinska

Masks: Vlady

Lighting and production: Jean Rosenthal

World premiere: 2 February 1954, New York City Ballet with students from the School of American Ballet, City Center of Music and Drama, New York

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