Dance: Aleksandra Ścibor, Magdalena Jędra, Agnieszka Noster , Piotr Chudzicki, Rafał Dziemiodk, Krzysztof Skolimowski
Concept, choreography Rafał Dziemiodk
Choreographic advisor Jacek Owczarek
Lights, space, costumes Ewa Garniec
Music Alexander Balanescu
Duration: 50 minutes
Production Art Stations Foundation, Poznań , Teatr Wielki, Poznań, Teatr Wytwórnia, Warszawa , SDK, Warszawa
Premiere 25 sierpnia, 2010 Teatr Wytwórnia, Warszawa w ramach festiwalu Hajdpark
Even though, it seems hard to believe, at the beginning it was supposed to be a duet. Searching for its content, formula, essence, what it could and could not be on stage, we got to the fantastically rich tradition of classical ballet and within it, to the incredible world of The Nutcracker, the balletic icon. The topic of a duet had to step down then to the benefit of the topic of the monumental ritual, which The Nutcracker is. Staged and performed usually at Christmas time, it tells a story of a Christmas Eve at a bourgeois house and the following fairy tale-like travel of the main characters around the world of sweets, fairies, dancing flowers and snowflakes, always generating crowds of audience storming the opera houses all over the world.
The Christmas atmosphere, Christmas Eve, dreamy travel, dance and music merged together are concepts, topics we worked on. Rhe creative process came down also to asking questions: which atmosphere? which Christmas Eve? which music and which dance? and finally, who is a squirrel and who is a nut? (which is an attempt to address the power of gender qualification achieved by a ballet costume). At the end we got a dance, a picture of X-mas and individuals celebrating it different from classical one, but maybe closer to the experience of the audience.