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Costa Rica Goes Nuts

Nutcracker Ballet Dances On Center Stage

Costa Rica The NutcrackerA Christmas classic returns to Costa Rica this week, with a twist. The San Jose National Theater will present the ballet suite from December 1 to the 11th. The twist is that the this year’s performance will feature Costa Rican ballerinas in the principal female roles of Clara, The Snow Queen, The Sugarplum fairy and the Flower Queen.

Based on the book, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, written by E.T.A. Hoffman, the writings were translated into a ballet in 1892. In 1891 the legendary choreographer Marius Petipa commissioned the Russian composer Tchaikovsky to write the music for the ballet.

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The first showing of this spectacular ballet was dated back to 1892, with its presentation at the Marinsky Theater in Russia which was home to the Kirov Ballet. The ballet was performed in Western Europe in the 1930′s and was first performed in the United States in the 1940′s, bu the San Francisco Ballet.

Nutcracker Roots In Russia

The ballet is a celebration of the Christmas season. It takes place on Christmas Eve and tells the story of the Silberhaus family. It is a magical presentation of Clara, the principal’s character interaction with a magical nutcracker who turns into a stunning Prince. The presentation has been made famous for its whimsy, costumes, music and story telling. The music, composed by Tchaikovsky, including the Adagio, the Waltz of the Flowers and additional compositions which have been referred to as the Nutcracker Suite.

The Nutcracker performance in San Jose has been an annual tradition. Tickets range for $22 to $52 and can be purchased online at www.mundoticket.com. This is a great opportunity to see of the best dancers of Costa Rica while experiencing a Christmas tradition. Felix Navidad Costa Rica!

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