Giorgio Mancini revisited the “historic” ballet The Nutcracker, placing it in the 1970s to lend it a more contemporary flavour while being careful not to distort the original story. 

This version of The Nutcracker can be appreciated at two levels. Children will be delighted at the magic of a fairy tale Christmas while for adults it lends itself to a more psychoanalytical reading in the sense that, in the character of Clara, the choreographer Giorgio Mancini evokes the theory of the Electra complex. 

Created in 2008 for the ballet Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, this creation met with great success among critics and audiences alike

The sets designed by Paolo Fiumi are pure and effective, transporting the spectator directly into the magical and dreamlike world of the ballet. The brightly coloured costumes reflect perfectly the carefree spirit of the 1970s, the time of “Saturday Night Fever” as subtly evoked in the choreography through a disco dance piece interpreted to the music of   Tchaikovsky.

  • Creation Date: 2007
  • Creation Place: Florence
  • Choreographer: Giorgio Mancini
  • Duration: 70 minutes
  • Music: P.I. Tchaïkovski
  • Costumes: Giorgio Mancini helped by Paolo Fiumi
  • Setting: Paolo Fiumi
  • Lights: François Saint-Cyr
  • Dancers: 20

It is Christmas Day. Clara receives a nutcracker as a present from her “Father Christmas”. She falls asleep holding her new toy. In her dream, Clara leaves behind her adolescence and becomes a woman.

Casse-Noisette - Giorgio Mancini

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Giorgio Mancini

Giorgio Mancini
After a brilliant career as a dancer with the Ballet du XXe siècle and the Béjart Ballet Lausanne, Giorgio Mancini was appointed director of the Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève at the age of 31 after having d...

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