The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

The Vienna Festival Ballet join us this month with the festive classic The Nutcracker. We caught up with the ballet company to find out a bit more about life as a professional ballet dancer and what audiences can expect from this performance.

Where do the dancers come from who perform for Vienna Festival Ballet?
Peter Mallek who founded Vienna Festival Ballet is a celebrated Austrian dancer. Vienna Festival Ballet attract highly talented dancers from all over the world – as well as some amazing British dancers we are proud to include artistes from Spain and Italy within the current Company.

What is the Vienna Festival Ballets favourite ballet?
It’s impossible to choose a favourite as every dancer has a soft spot for a particular piece of choreography or music or time of year.  The dancers particularly love performing The Nutcracker in the lead up to Christmas.

How long do people train to become ballet dancers?
Dancers start training as children, usually five years upwards although some start as young as three.  Professional daily training starts at around age 11 if a dancer is lucky enough to be accepted into any of the big vocational schools.

What can audiences expect from The Nutcracker?
Anyone watching The Nutcracker will be swept away with Clara on a magical adventure in one of the most famous classical ballets of all time.  Audiences join Clara and her enchanted Nutcracker as they combat the Mouse King, and join the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier on a wonderful journey through the glistening Land of Snow to a kingdom made entirely of sweets.

You can see a trailer for the show HERE