Nutcracker Key facts

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Choreographer
Matthew Bourne
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Company
Adventures in Motion Pictures
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Date of first performance
1992
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Number of dancers
24
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Roles of dancers
A mixed cast playing different characters.
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Composer
Tchaikovsky
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Accompaniment
Classical, Orchestral.
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Costume Deisgner
Anthony Ward
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Costumes
Colourful, 'over the top' to show characters, cultural influences and literal references to sweets.
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Lighting designer
Howard Harrison
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Lighting
Theatrical, bright, creates an atmosphere
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Set designer
Anthony Ward
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Set design
Drab orphanage with iron beds, large pillow and feather on backdrop in Frozen Lake, large mouth and three tier wedding cake represent Sweetieland.
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Staging
Proscenium Arch Stage
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Dance styles
Contemporary and balletic, exaggerated but realistic use of gestures.
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Choreographic Style
A reworking of a traditional ballet. Narrative and comic, influenced by film and theatre. A close relationship between the dance and music.
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Theme
The Nutcracker story retold with references to adolescence, escapism, fantasy and satire.
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Starting point/Inspiration
The classical ballet and it's music, images of Victorian childhoods.
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Structure
Two acts with nine episodes.
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