The Nutcracker once again

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without The Nutcracker. 

The Nutcracker once again

Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet The Nutcracker will be staged at the Opera House in downtown HCMC early next month - PHOTO: COURTESY OF HBSO

And so it comes as no surprise that HBSO is mounting three performances of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet on December 6, 7 and 8 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) at the Opera House in downtown HCMC, beginning at 8 p.m.

A nutcracker is a small hand-held device for cracking nuts. The reason it’s the title for a full-length ballet is that at a Christmas party in a big house in Germany a magician and toy-maker, Mr Drosselmeyer, arrives and presents Clara, the daughter of the house’s owner, with four life-like dolls (who proceed to dance for the guests), plus a wooden nutcracker carved in the shape of a man.

After the guests have departed, Clara returns to the scene of the party. There she sees mice filling the room, the Christmas tree growing to an enormous height, and the nutcracker grown to human size and transformed into a prince.

The Prince, joined by soldiers made of gingerbread (a traditional Christmas food in Germany) and some tin soldiers, battles against the mice, led by the Mouse King. The Mouse King is killed by the Prince after Clara throws a slipper at him.

Later, Clara is taken on a tour of magical lands, led by the Prince (the Nutcracker transformed). First they visit a pine forest at night, where snow is falling. This beautiful scene has become a classic emblem for the Christmas season. The snowflakes dance, inviting Clara to visit the Prince’s kingdom.

They arrive at a Land of Sweets, ruled over by the Sugar Plum Fairy. There they see dances representing chocolate from Spain, coffee from Arabia, tea from China and candy canes from Russia.

In addition, Danish shepherdesses perform on flutes, Mother Ginger produces her dancing children from under her skirts, and some flowers perform a waltz.

Finally, the Sugar Plum Fairy dances to famous music in which the celesta, an instrument specially brought into the orchestra by Tchaikovsky for this ballet, features prominently.

 

Back home, Clara wakes from her sleep under the Christmas tree, and thinks that perhaps it was all a dream.

Tchaikovsky’s ballet was premiered in 1892. Though no great success at that time, it has since become a popular favorite world-wide.

Clara will be danced by Do Hoang Khang Ninh. The Nutcracker will be Meritorious Artist Ho Phi Diep, and Mr Drosselmeyer (easily identified by his black cloak) by Meritorious Artist Dam Duc Nhuan.

The Sugar Plum Fairy will be danced by Meritorious Artist Tran Hoang Yen, while the Snow Queen will be Yuki Hiroshige.

HBSO’s Nutcracker was created by the Norwegian choreographer Johanne Jakhelln Constant as part of the Vietnam-Norway Transposition program, and was first seen in HCMC in 2011.

Constant was also responsible for the costume design, the scenery and the props. The stage manager will be Nguyen Manh Duy Linh.

The HBSO orchestra and the HBSO female choir will take part once again in this celebrated and sumptuous production. The conductor will be Tran Nhat Minh.

Tickets are VND450,000-900,000, with a student concession of VND150,000 on production of a student card. SGT

Bradley Winterton

 
 

Other News

.
Grandmaster Chieu passes away after spectacular vovinam life
Grandmaster Chieu passes away after spectacular vovinam life
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  05/02/2020 

Việt Võ Đạo (vovinam) martial art grandmaster Nguyen Van Chieu passed away early yesterday morning aged 71, leaving behind an incredible legacy in the sport.

Bafta Awards 2020: Joaquin Phoenix praised for calling out 'systemic racism'
Bafta Awards 2020: Joaquin Phoenix praised for calling out 'systemic racism'
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  05/02/2020 

Viola Davis and director Lulu Wang are among those to applaud the actor for his acceptance speech.

Colombian reality show to film in 22 Vietnamese locations
Colombian reality show to film in 22 Vietnamese locations
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  05/02/2020 

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has allowed a production team for a Colombian reality show titled “Asia Express” to shoot in 22 provinces and cities in Vietnam’s northern region this year.

Outfit by designer Tran Hung wins praise as best outfit of BAFTA awards
Outfit by designer Tran Hung wins praise as best outfit of BAFTA awards
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  04/02/2020 

An outfit created by Vietnamese designer Tran Hung which was worn by British star Vick Hope at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) 2020 has been credited as the best outfit of the awards show.

Hoai Sa unveils self-introduction photos at Miss International Queen 2020
Hoai Sa unveils self-introduction photos at Miss International Queen 2020
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  05/02/2020 

Bui Dinh Hoai Sa, Vietnam’s representative at Miss International Queen 2020, has released a series of photos as part of a self-introduction clip for the transgender pageant.

Sporting events in February halted due to coronavirus threat
Sporting events in February halted due to coronavirus threat
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  04/02/2020 

National and international sporting events scheduled in Vietnam this February will be suspended in a bid to prevent the spread of the new strain of coronavirus (nCoV), according to the Vietnam Sports Administration (VSA).

AFC delays 2020 AFC Futsal Championship
AFC delays 2020 AFC Futsal Championship
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  04/02/2020 

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has announced the AFC Futsal Championship 2020 will be postponed due to the deadly coronavirus.

Hanoi suspends activities at relic sites, tourist destinations
Hanoi suspends activities at relic sites, tourist destinations
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  04/02/2020 

Historical and cultural relic sites and tourist destinations in Hanoi will be closed to visitors and cultural activities at those sites suspended as part of the capital city’s preventive measures against the threat of nCoV.

Goalie Kim Thanh – steel shield of women’s football team
Goalie Kim Thanh – steel shield of women’s football team
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  05/02/2020 

Goalkeeper Tran Thi Kim Thanh really is Wonder Woman. In fact, the 26-year-old is known as the 'steel shield' of the Vietnam national women’s football team.

Designer Tran Hung’s creation featured in Vogue
Designer Tran Hung’s creation featured in Vogue
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  04/02/2020 

Famous Mexican actress Patricia Contreras presented the latest design by Tran Hung at the Valentino Haute Couture Spring Summer 2020.

Film screenings delayed due to coronavirus
Film screenings delayed due to coronavirus
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  04/02/2020 

After premiering in HCM City and Hanoi, the film Bí Mật Của Gió (Secrets of the Wind) by director Nguyen Phan Quang Binh has announced further screenings will be delayed due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

From Grab bike driver to SEA Games gold medallist
From Grab bike driver to SEA Games gold medallist
FEATUREicon  04/02/2020 

Pham Thi Thu Trang triumphed in the women’s 10km walk at the SEA Games 30, but before her victory, she worked as a Grab bike driver to support her family. Thanh Nga has a chat with her.

Coronavirus-hit localities told to stop all festivals
Coronavirus-hit localities told to stop all festivals
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  04/02/2020 

Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Ngoc Thien has requested the localities that have declared outbreaks of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) to halt all festivals, including those currently underway.

Vietnam has additional 11 national intangible cultural heritages
Vietnam has additional 11 national intangible cultural heritages
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  04/02/2020 

Vietnam has added 11 more cultural icons to the list of national intangible cultural heritage, according to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

Photographer Phuong Hoang holds exhibition in Hanoi
Photographer Phuong Hoang holds exhibition in Hanoi
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  04/02/2020 

Hanoi-born photographer Phuong Hoang is holding an exhibition combining photos, texts and objects at Matca Space for Photography in Hanoi.

Hanoi named among best in the region
Hanoi named among best in the region
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  03/02/2020 

Hanoi FC is one of the best six teams in Southeast Asia, according to the latest rankings released by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

Vietnamese films earn big profits during Tet
Vietnamese films earn big profits during Tet
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  03/02/2020 

The Vietnamese chick-flick film Gái Già Lắm Chiêu 3 (The Royal Bride) was the highest-grossing Vietnamese film nationwide during the Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday.

Romantic film reflects picturesque Da Lat City
Romantic film reflects picturesque Da Lat City
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  03/02/2020 

Da Lat stars as a beautiful and romantic background for the love film Bí Mật Của Gió (Secret of the Wind) which premiered in Hanoi on Saturday.

Int’l, local rock bands to perform at music event in HCMC
Int’l, local rock bands to perform at music event in HCMC
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  04/02/2020 

A multi-day live music event will be held across several venues in HCMC from February 13 to 15, gathering renowned rock bands from Vietnam and abroad.

Vietnam strive for best results, says coach Mai Duc Chung
Vietnam strive for best results, says coach Mai Duc Chung
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  03/02/2020 

Vietnam have respect for all their opponents and will do their utmost to attain the best possible result, said head coach Mai Duc Chung at a press conference held on Sunday.

 
 
 
Leave your comment on an article

OR QUICK LOGIN