The Dance Theatre will be celebrating this holiday season with the return of the quintessential Christmas classic, The Nutcracker, from 7 – 11 December at The Esplanade Theatre.

First staged in 2011, The Nutcracker will bring audiences on a journey through the pre-WWI, turn of the century Shanghai. The ballet will feature favorite and familiar characters including Clara, the Snow Queen, the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier.

With choreography and staging by SDT Artistic Director Janek Schergen, set to a vibrant score by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, with some of the world’s most unforgettable music, this enchanting ballet will feature a spectacular set and gorgeous costumes by local designer Aaron Yap, as well as characters that will dance their way into your hearts.

This production of The Nutcracker has been hailed by The Straits Times as a “World-class production”, “an eye-popping, magical treat that hit all the right festive notes.”

The tradition of annual Nutcracker performances was established by The New York City Ballet with its 1954 production of George Balanchine’s historic retelling of the full-length narrative ballet.

The Nutcacker by Janek Schergen 6

The essential difference of SDT’s production is that it was created with young children in mind. With young dancers onstage in the production, children in our audiences are able to better identify with the story and see themselves and their families represented on stage.

Nutcracker has already been around in its original Marius Petipa/Lev Ivanov production, which was first created in the 19th century for the Imperial Theatre in Russia, but its popularity has never taken on the scope it has universally developed since.

The Nutcacker by Janek Schergen 4

Nutcracker is the signal of Christmas, and now the whole world embraces it as a bit of magic to mark the holiday celebrations. The present production by Singapore Dance Theatre was inspired by the company’s first full-length story ballet, The Nutcracker, which was presented in 1992 and choreographed by one of the company’s two co-founders, Anthony Then.

“Our current production may be different in look, but it is entirely the same in spirit.” says artistic director Janek Schergen.


The Nutcacker by Janek Schergen 5

Event details

Date: 7 – 11 December 2016 (Thursday – Sunday)
Venue: Esplanade Theatre
Time: 7 – 9 Dec: 8pm | 10 Dec: 1pm & 8pm | 11 Dec: 1pm & 7pm
Ticket prices: S$30, S$50, S$70 (SISTIC fee apply)

20% concessions for Children aged 12 and below/Students/NSF/Senior Citizens

Ticket Sales Date: Early Bird Offer: 5 September – 19 September 2016 (Maybank & OCBC)
General Sales: 5 September – 11 December 2016

Tickets are available at all authorized SISTIC outlets and SDT Office.

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