Matthew Bourne made his own version of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet The Nutcracker in 1992 for the centenary of this piece as one of his first choreographies ever. Bourne used Tchaikovsky’s music, but the action takes place in a middle class household and, later, in an orphanage of Dickensian style, where Clara and Fritz are spending their gloomy Christmas. Nevertheless, this version of The Nutcracker is fresh, funny and has many gags as well as sexual references that caused, once again, the ballet to be called controversial, just like other Bourne’s productions.
UK / 2003
88 minutes / DVD
Choreography: Matthew Bourne
Cast: Scott Ambler, Alan Vincent, Etta Murfitt, Saranne Curtin
BRNO: 5. 11. /// 16.00 /// SCALA
PRAGUE: 13. 11. /// 14.00 /// LUCERNA