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					Nutcracker!

Matthew Bourne
     1992
       Contextual Information
• Choreographer – Matthew Bourne
• Dance Company – Adventures In Motion
  Picture
• Music – Pytor Iilich Tchaikovsky
• Design – Antony Ward
• Lighting Design – Howard Harrison
• Premier – August 1992, Edinburgh
  International Festival
         Starting Points

• The music Tchaikovsky composed
  for the ballet.
• The traditional versions of the
  ballet.
• Victorian representations of
  childhood.
        Sources of vocabulary
• The scenario created by Bourne and
  Duncan.
• Tchaikovsky's music.
• A wide range of cultural, social, historical
  and filmic sources.
• Characterisations developed by the
  individual dancers
• Design – e.g. The huge wedding cake.
                    Action
• Huge variety of pedestrian gestures, mime
  and action content linked to different
  characters and to the requirements of the
  narrative.
• Wide ranging eclectic action content – linked
  to film and musical theatre sources, different
  techniques, social and historical dancers,
  quotations from other works, use of props.
                       Space
• Proximity/distance, small detailed/large extended
  action all determined by narrative.
• Projected theatrical focus – at times exaggerated,
  lends itself to caricature.
• Complex pathways – linear and curved, linked to
  specific dances.
• Tendency to linear/angular body designs,
  occasionally curved, linked to specific dances.
• Line ups/tableaux, formal group designs using
  different levels.
                  Dynamics
• Speed gives a driving sense of pace to the
  narrative
• A wide range and somewhat exaggerated
  sense of dynamics and flow linked to
  characters – e.g. Nutcracker doll is jerky when
  he comes alive, Cupids plod humorously.
• Linked to musical quality – typically a
  complementary relationship as in ballet.
        Choreographic devices
• Narrative
• Repetition, recycling, variation on a theme,
  canon, unison, contrast, complementing.
• Traditional motif development.
• Phrasing and rhythmic structure – music
  visualisation (as in classical ballet).
• Divided into two acts, subdivided into main
  scenes and shorter episodes.
                  Structure
Act One:
Christmas Eve at Dross’ orphanage for waifs and
  strays.
• Preparations for a visit
• Presents and party pieces
• Time for bed
• The revolt
A Frozen Lake:
• The rival
                Structure
Act Two:
The Road to Sweetieland
• Help from above
Sweetieland:
• By invitation only
• The wedding party
• Real life
Knickerbocker Glory
Cupid
Prince Bon Bon
Frozen Lake
The Wedding Photo

				
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