Ballet in two acts
The first performance was held on 12 March 1966 at the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia
after the fairy tale by Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann
(based on the original scenario by Marius Petipa)
Laureate of the Lenin prize and the State Prizes of the USSR
Designer – Simon VIRSALADZE, People’s Artist of the USSR,
Laureate of the Lenin prize and the State Prize of the USSR
Music Director – Aidar ABZHAKHANOV, Honored Worker of the Republic of Kazakhstan
Production Coordinator and Assistant Choreographer – Ruslan PRONIN, Honored Artist of Russia
Assistant Choreographer – Oxana TSVETNITSKAYA (Russia)
Revival Designer – Mikhail SAPOZHNIKOV (Russia)
Revival Costume Designers – Lyudmila IUS / Elena NETSVETAEVA-DOLG
Lighting Designer – Alexey PEREVALOV (Russia)
Choirmaster – Yerzhan DAUTOV, Honored Worker of the Republic of Kazakhstan
A performance with one intermission
Running time – 2 hours 15 minutes
ROLES AND PERFORMERS
Stahlbaum, medical councilor Rakhmetulla NAUANOV
His Wife Assel KENZHEBEKOVA
Marie, their daughter Madina BASBAYEVA, Honored Worker of the Republic of Kazakhstan
Gaukhar USINA, Honored Worker of the Republic of Kazakhstan
Fritz, brother to Marie Anel YESKALIYEVA
Drosselmeyer, legal councilor and godfather to Marie and Fritz Zhanibek IMANKULOV
Tair GATAUOV, Honored Worker of the Republic of Kazakshtan
Nutcracker-Doll Anel YESKALIYEVA
Nutcracker-Doll Bakhtiyar ADAMZHAN
The Mouse King Azat ZHUMAGULOV
Clockwork fays, presents from Drosselmeyer:
Harlequin Bakhtiyar ADAMZHAN
Columbine Nazerke AIMUKHAMETOVA
She-Devil Diana BATYROVA
He-Devil Bostan KOZHABEKOV
Dolls who come alive in Marie’s dream:
Spanish Diana BATYROVA
Indian Marat ABDRAKHMANOV
Chinese Bakhtiyar ADAMZHAN
Russian Natalya KONDYA
Orchestra solo part
English horn – Dariya TURABEKOVA
Final Waltz and Apotheosis, parents, children, mice, lead soldiers, snowflakes
CORPS DE BALLET, ORCHESTRA, CHORUS, EXTRAS, CHILDREN’S CHORUS OF ASTANA OPERA HOUSE
Guests are gathering for a Christmas party at the Stahlbaum home. Among them are Drosselmeyer, godfather to Marie and Fritz, the Stahlbaums’ children. He has brought them a wonderful present: a funny Nutcracker.
The children wait with impatience for when at long last they will be shown the Christmas tree and the presents. The long awaited moment comes: the handsomely adorned Christmas tree is presented to the assembled company.
Drosselmeyer suddenly appears disguised as a magician: he is not recognized by the children. Their unknown guest’s ability to make their toys come alive delights the children but, as everything that is clad in mystery, it involuntarily arouses their fear. In order to calm them down, Drosselmeyer takes off his mask and the children now recognize their beloved godfather.
Marie wants to play with the wonderful dolls which have come alive, but they have already been tidied away. To comfort Marie, Drosselmeyer gives her the Nutcracker-Doll. Marie takes a great liking to this awkward, funny creature.
Marie’s brother Fritz, who is a great tease and very naughty, accidentally breaks the doll. With great tenderness, Marie comforts her injured Nutcracker and rocks it backwards and forwards. Fritz and his friends now put on mouse masks and tease poor Marie. The guests appear from an adjoining room. After the final, ceremonial grossvater dance, they all leave.
Night time. The room in which the Christmas tree stands is bathed in moonlight. It looks mysterious and full of magical secrets. Overcoming her fears, Marie has come to the room to visit her ‘sick’ Nutcracker-Doll. She kisses the doll and rocks it.
Drosselmeyer now appears. But instead of her kind godfather, he has turned into a wizard. At a wave of his hand everything around them is transformed: the walls of the room slide back, the Christmas tree starts to grow. And all the toys come alive and grow together with the tree.
Suddenly, mice creep out from under the floorboards, led by the Mouse King. The dolls are panic-stricken and thrown into confusion. The Nutcracker’s quick wits and bravery save the day: lining up the lead soldiers, he boldly leads them out to do battle with the mice forces. However, the forces are uneven, the advantage is on the side of the evil mice.
The Nutcracker is left alone to face the Mouse King and his suite. Marie is out of her mind with worry over the danger that threatens her doll. At this very moment, Drosselmeyer hands her a lighted candle and she throws it at the mice who scurry away helter-skelter.
The battle field empties. The only person left here is the Nutcracker who lies without moving on the floor. Marie, together with the dolls, hurries to his rescue.
And now a miracle occurs… Before Marie stands a handsome youth, the Nutcracker-Princ
The walls of the house disappear. Marie and her friends are standing under a star-studded sky, by a fairy-tale Christmas tree.
Snowflakes circle in a magical dance. Marie and her Nutcracker-Princ
Marie and Nutcracker-Princ
They are just about to reach the top of the tree when they are suddenly attacked by the mice and the Mouse King who have crept up behind them. Once again, the Nutcracker-Princ
Joyous victory celebrations are underway. The dolls dance, the candles burn even brighter, the Christmas tree comes alive. The evil mice have been defeated. Marie and the Nutcracker-Princ
But… it appears all this was – just a dream. Christmas Eve is over and with it all wonderful reveries… Marie, still in the thrall of the fabulous dream, is sitting at home by the Christmas tree, with the Nutcracker-Doll on her lap.