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Welcome to the dark side

By Maria Gregoriou

Get ready to experience The Nutcracker like you have never seen it before in an alternative Christmas version of the ballet by Konstantinos Rigos.

Nutcracker: The Dark Side flashes forward from the time when Clara was a little girl crying over the broken nutcracker to look into the broken memories she hides away now that she is an adult.

The dance performance leaves behind many a Christmas Eve, forgets about the little girl’s childhood and finds her in the present. Now she can’t remember what happened to her first love, she doesn’t remember what the secret of happiness is and, for that matter, she can hardly remember anything at all – or almost anything.

Clara now follows a path alone and is lost somewhere between reality and dreams. She will experience extreme adventures and confront her fears and desires. She will meet the wooden Nutcracker again but their love story will not be repeated. He will continue to be wooden and she will get lost in the pursuit of a distant utopia.

Guided by the unforgettable music of Tchaikovsky, Rigos created his own magical fairy tale through the juxtaposition of humour and imagination, of ugliness and violence.

The first performance will be on Monday in Limassol and the second on Tuesday in Nicosia. The piece contains nudity and is suitable for those over 18.

Nutcracker: The Dark Side
Dance performance by Konstantinos Rigos, based on Tchaikovsky’s ballet for over 18-year-olds. December 28. Rialto theatre, Limassol. 8.30pm. €15/12. Tel: 77-777745
December 29. Pallas theatre, Nicosia

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