A big production of Tchaikovsky's Christmas ballet
One of the world's most popular ballets, Tchaikovsky's charming Yuletide tale The Nutcracker is the star of the Teatro Principal's Christmas programme this weekend. It's the theatre's own production which has brought together a cast of around 100 people for a spectacular show featuring 40 dancers and a whole symphony orchestra!
The two leading men both have strong connections with this particular ballet. Joti Hattori, the director of the Symphony Orchestra of the Balearic Islands, says that the Nutcracker is special to him as when he was a child learning the violin, his teacher was a close friend of the world's most famous ballet dancer, Rudolf Nureyev, who gave many an outstanding performance as the prince in the ballet.
In this production, this starring role goes to the Irish dancer, Michael Revie of the Joburg Ballet (photo courtesy of their webpage) who has danced the Nutcracker/Prince all over the world. He'll be joined by leading lady Ryoko Yagyu from Japan, who dances the role of Clara.
If you've never been to see the ballet before, this one is a great starter. It's a charming fairytale story, easy to follow, with beautiful costumes and music you'll instantly recognise and know. Even better the ticket prices are incredibly economical, ranging from only €8 to the best seats in the house at €40.
There'll be three performances on Friday 8th January at 20:00, Saturday 9th at 18:00 and Sunday 10th at 18:00, and tickets can be bought online using this link. Go along if you're in Mallorca, you won't regret it!