“The Nutcracker” at the Municipal Theater of Santiago


“The Nutcracker” at the Municipal Theater of Santiago

  • Municipal Theater of Santiago, Agustinas 794, Santiago.
  • Until December 30th.
  • $3,500 tickets here.

The Christmas classic “The Nutcracker” returns to the Municipal Theater of Santiago. The Santiago Ballet will present the successful version that premiered last year, with choreography by its artistic director, Luis Ortigoza, and sets and costumes by renowned set designer Jorge Gallardo. A proposal designed for the whole family that pays special tribute to the creators of the Nutcracker, PI Tchaikovsky and M. Petipa.

Accompanied by the Philharmonic Orchestra of Santiago under the direction of its chief conductor, Roberto Rizzi Brignoli (December 17, 18, 21 and 22), as well as its resident conductor, Pedro-Pablo Prudencio (23, 26, 27, 28, 29, December 30), the Ballet de Santiago will perform a traditional version following the choreography of M. Petipa and the story of ETA Hoffmann, but evoking the Russia where the work first appeared, at the end of the 19th century.

For Luis Ortigoza, artistic director of the Ballet de Santiago, reproducing this version of the Nutcracker “is important for the tradition of opera in the company’s repertoire and also for the history of the theatre”. He also comments on the challenge of his staging, “because you have to convey a fantasy to the audience and remind them that the inner world feeds on magic.”

Meanwhile Carmen Gloria Larenas, general director of the Theater, underlines that this proposal, which takes place in a golden age in the arts and which celebrates one of the most important duets in the history of dance, that of PI Tchaikovsky and M. Petipa, whose long partnership has made possible some of the most beloved classical ballets, including the Nutcracker. “We hope families will join us in dreaming with this version, which will take us between the real world and other fantasy worlds where, like so many other times, imagination and desires are confused with reality,” she adds.

The workshops of the Municipal Theater of Santiago are responsible for the design and production of all the pieces that will give life to this magical ballet. Sleighs inspired by a frozen Russia, gigantic spinning Fabergé eggs, glittering dresses with dozens of crystals and dense forests are part of the production that will surprise the audience. The costumes, on the other hand, pay homage to Serguei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, assuming the colors and shapes that that company highlighted in its productions and which are still a reference to the world of dance today.

Behind these creations is the Chilean plastic artist, set and costume designer of dance and opera Jorge Gallardo, who has a long career outside of Chile, working with leading companies such as American Ballet Theatre, Royal Swedish Ballet, Alvin Ailey Dance Company, San Francisco Opera, Opéra National de Bordeaux, Théâtre National de Chaillot and Malandain Ballet Biarritz, where he is a permanent designer. At the Municipal de Santiago, he had designed the costumes and sets for the ballets Zorba, el greek and La Casa de los espíritus.

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