The Nutcracker And I, Sydney Festival (Audio Described)


Date 17 Jan 2019

Time 17:00 PM


Address City Recital Hall 2 Angel Place, Sydney , New South Wales

Phone 02 8256 2222


A ballerina and a cartoon man dance together in front of a woman playing the piano

Audio described Saturday 17 January

City Recital Hall 2 Angel Place Sydney

Box Office 8256 2222

Performer and Producer: Alexandra Dariescu 

Director: Nick Hillel

Ballerina: Désirée Ballantyne 

Duration: 50 minutes no interval

Strict lockout applies. Latecomers will not be permitted entry.

Renowned Romanian pianist Alexandra Dariescu’s reimagining of Tchaikovsky’s enchanting Christmas tale merges piano, ballet and state-of-the-art digital animations in a trailblazing 50 minute multimedia treat for all ages.

Behind a see-through gauze screen, Dariescu is at the grand piano playing 15 virtuosic score movements as ballerina Désirée Ballantyne dances in sync with digitally projected characters, created using more than 35,000 hand drawn images.

Beneath fairy dust and swirling snow, this is an uncommonly faithful retelling of Clara’s magical journey from Christmas Eve to the Kingdom of the Sweets and the Sugar Plum Fairy. Innovatively, it also follows Dariescu’s story of a little girl dreaming and working hard to become a concert pianist.

Featuring arrangements of Nutcracker favourites by Percy Grainger, Mikhail Pletnev and Stepan Esipoff, with three new adaptions by Gavin Sutherland, artistic director of the English National Ballet, this magical retelling inspires new and established fans of Tchaikovsky’s classic work.