Sun, Dec 17|
Discover the magical origins of The Nutcracker, inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann's fantasy story "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King." Delve into the heartwarming tale of a girl's extraordinary Christmas Eve, where a nutcracker comes to life to battle the malevolent Mouse King
Time & Location
Dec 17, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Durham, 30 Academic Way, Durham, NH 03824, USA
About the event
The Nutcracker, a beloved holiday classic, captivates audiences worldwide with its enchanting storyline and mesmerizing ballet performances. The roots of this timeless tale can be traced back to E.T.A. Hoffmann's fantasy story, "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King." Embark on a journey to uncover the magical origins of The Nutcracker, where a young girl's extraordinary Christmas Eve leads to an unforgettable encounter with a living nutcracker, and together, they wage a brave battle against the evil Mouse King.
E.T.A. Hoffmann's Fantasy: The Nutcracker and the Mouse King
The origins of The Nutcracker can be attributed to E.T.A. Hoffmann's captivating fantasy story, "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King," first published in 1816. Hoffmann's tale weaves a magical narrative of a young girl named Clara who receives a nutcracker as a Christmas gift from her godfather, Drosselmeyer.
A Christmas Eve Like No Other
On Christmas Eve, as the clock strikes midnight, Clara is transported into a world of wonder and enchantment. The nutcracker, brought to life by a spell, leads Clara into a magical realm where toys come to life, and an epic battle unfolds between the nutcracker and an army of menacing mice, led by the wicked Mouse King.
The Triumph of Good over Evil
Clara bravely stands by her nutcracker companion throughout the fierce battle, symbolizing the triumph of good over evil. With her unwavering belief and courage, she plays a pivotal role in breaking the curse that trapped the nutcracker in his wooden form.
The Ballet Adaptation: Tchaikovsky's Masterpiece
The Nutcracker's enduring legacy is largely attributed to the renowned Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. In 1892, Tchaikovsky adapted Hoffmann's story into a ballet, infusing the tale with captivating music that perfectly captures the whimsy and wonder of the narrative.
The Nutcracker's heartwarming tale of a young girl's Christmas Eve adventure with a living nutcracker and their valiant battle against the Mouse King continues to enchant audiences of all ages. Inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann's fantasy story "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King," this timeless holiday classic remains a testament to the enduring magic of the holiday season and the power of imagination. Experience the enchantment year after year as The Nutcracker takes center stage, bringing joy and wonder to audiences worldwide.
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