INTERNATIONAL BALLET STARS NATALIA MATSAK AND DENIS NEDAK PERFORM IN THE NUTCRACKER ON 16 JANUARY
Leading soloists of the “T. Shevchenko” National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, Natalia Matsak and Denis Nedak, shall perform in the National Theatre’s presentation of The Nutcracker in the Large Hall of the Sava Centre on 16th January.
In this classical spectacle, to the music by Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky, choreographed by Konstantin Kostjukov, Nedak will interpret the title role, while Natalia Matsak will interpret the role of Masha.
Soloists and ensemble of the Ballet Company and the Orchestra of the National Theatre in Belgrade, under the baton of maestro Đorđe Pavlović, as well as members of the Children’s Choir “Horislavci“ in the roles of Angels, will participate in the performance.
Angelina Atlagić designed the set and costumes for this ballet production.
The ballet premiered on 18th March 2014 on the National Theatre’s Main Stage. It is based on a fairytale Christmas adventure, after E. T. A. Hoffmann’s story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, written in 1816.
Later on, Alexandre Dumas père, famous French writer, adapted the Hoffmann’s story about a girl and her Christmas adventure which, together with Tchaikovsky’s superb score, fascinates audiences everywhere in the world.
With The Nutcracker again on the repertoire, the National Theatre rejoined the group of renowned ballet theatres that present this classical ballet. The Nutcracker was performed for the first time in the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg on 18 December 1892.
Parts of the ballet were performed in the National Theatre in Belgrade for the first time on 22 January 1923. The full-length production of The Nutcracker, titled “Rskalo” (Shchelkunchik), was performed on 24 April 1937, choreographed by Margareta Froman.
The following two premieres, choreographed by Žarko Prebil, took place on 19 January 1977 and 11 June 1983.