Nutcracker! 1992 (DANCE) key facts

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Choreographer
Mathew Bourne
Company
Adventures in motion picture
Premiered
August 1992
Accompaniment
Tchaikovsky, Classical/Orchestral, composed 1892
Costume
Antony Ward, Colourful and over the top to show characters, cultural influences and literal references to sweets
Lighting
Howard Harrison, Theatrical, creates an atmosphere
Set
- Anthony ward
- partly realistic, larger than life and cartoon-like
- Act 1: austere, drab, orphanage
- Interval: Frozen lake
- Act 2: entered through large mouth representing Sweetieland
Staging
Proscenium
Scenario
- Mathew Bourne
- Martin Duncan
No. of Dancers
24 dancers
Dance style
- contemporary & balletic
- exaggerated but realistic gestures
Choreographic style
- reworking of traditional ballet
- narrative
- comic
- influenced by film and theatre
- close relationship between dance and music
Theme
- the Nutcracker story retold with references to adolescence, escapism, fantasy and satire
Starting point/inspiration
-the classical ballet and music
- images of victorian childhood
Structure/Sections
- two acts with nine episodes