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GCSE Dance - Nutcracker

STUDY
PLAY
Choreographer
Matthew Bourne
First performed
August 1992
First performed by
Adventures in Motion Pictures (AMP)
Original score
Tchaikovsky
Music style
Classical, orchestral
Costume
Anthony Ward
Costume style
Colourful and 'over the top' to show characters.
Cultural influences and literal references to sweet.
Lighting
Howard Harrison
Set designer
Anthony Ward
Type of lighting
Theatrical, helps to create atmosphere.
Type of set
Partly realistic but larger than life and cartoon like.

Scene 1 - drab orphanage with iron beds.
Scene 2 - frozen lake and large mouth to enter sweetie land. Three tier wedding cake.
Staging
Proscenium arch
Dancers
24 dancers
Dance style
Contemporary and balletic.
Exaggerated and but realistic use of gestures.
Choreographic style
Reworking of the original ballet.
Narrative and comic influences.
Close relationship between dance and music.
Theme
The nutcracker story retold with references to adolescence, escapism, fantasy and satire.
Starting point
Classical ballet and the music.
Structure
2 acts with 9 episodes
Props
The nutcracker doll

Skipping rope

Presents under the tree
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