The Nutcracker

Diego Vázquez

Ballet Morelos

Piotr Tchaikovsky

Set Design 
Diego Vázquez

Costume Design 
Diego Vázquez

Light Design 
Carlos Arce y Diego Vázquez

Ballet de Morelos, 2010

Running Time 
1hr, 35min.

Diego Vázquez’ contemporary version of the classical ballet The Nutcracker is based on the original story by E.T.A. Hoffmann to some extent. For the Ballet de Morelos, Vazquez has decided to incorporate an original plot and rescue some elements of the book that haven’t been seen in other versions of the ballet.

By means of contemporary ballet language, Vazquez also included in this choreography movements that derive from hip hop and other street dance genres. The result is an exciting and innovative piece with a light tone and comical features at times.

The first act takes place outside of Drosselmeier’s magical Toy Store and not at the Stahlbaum’s house, like in the original fairy-tale.  In this toy store Marie encounters a world full of surprises, meets the Nutcracker and his friends, and is introduced to the real story of the wooden soldier doll.

The second act takes place at the castle of the Queen of the Snow. The Queen is hosting a party to honour Marie and the Nutcracker, now transformed into the prince he used to be.  The Spanish Duquesne, the Chinese Prince, the Persian Queen and a Russian Soldier are guest too.  All of them are Drosselmeier’s friends, who he met around the world while searching the golden Kratacuk nut.