Some of us might not want to face it but Christmas Day is only an advent calendar away. That means listening to Wham’s Last Christmas, watching Love Actually and the thousands of adaptations of Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol, and for the Nutcracker to make his way into our lives, in some shape or form.
The shape he will take this year will be in the form of ballet to be performed at the Satiriko Theatre in Nicosia on Friday and at the Pattichio Theatre in Limassol on Saturday.
The ballet, with music by Tchaikovsky and choreography by Yury Grigorovich for the Bolshoi ballet, will be performed by stars from the Bolshoi Theatre and Art Devotion Dancers.
The two-act story, which is based on the book The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by ETA Hoffman, brings to the stage the universal themes of power, love and evil, together with a fairy-tale setting and enchanting costumes.
Set on Christmas Eve, the story tells of a young girl who receives a nutcracker doll as a gift. After being broken by her brother, she cares for the wounded nutcracker, who later comes to life to save her from the evil Mouse King and is then transformed into a heroic prince. Together the prince and girl travel to an enchanted island where celebrations, hosted by the Sugar Plum Fairy, are held in their honour.
The performance is directed by Irina Lazareva, a tutor at the Bolshoi Theatre.
Performance of the ballet with stars from the Russian Ballet. December 1. Satiriko Theatre, Vladimiros Kafkarides Cultural Centre, 11-15 Vladimiros Kafkarides Street, Aglantzia, Nicosia. 7.30pm. €20/25/30/35. Tel: 22-312940
December 2. Pattihio Theatre, Limassol. 7.30pm. €20/25/30/35. Tel: 25-377277