|STAGE||FRANK PHILIPP SCHLÖßMANN|
Tim Plegge opens the season of the Hessian State Ballet with a new version of the ballet classic "The Nutcracker". At the center of the story is Marie, who is given a Nutcracker as a Christmas Eve present. The Nutcracker takes her on a journey through hopes, wishes and dreams, in which the contours between everyday life and projection blur and sometimes take on surreal forms. There, Marie is drawn into a battle between toys and the Rat Queen and travels together with the nutcracker through his country, where the two are not only awaited by the Sugar Fairy. Marie already believes that she will find in the dream world what she seems to miss most in real life, until everything goes into a disturbing imbalance here as well.
The model for the play was created by E.T.A Hoffmann, set to music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in Alexandre Dumas' version, which became one of the most popular ballets ever. In Plege's version, in which fairy-tale elements and bare family Christmas routine are intertwined, the dark and bizarre sides of the story also have their place. This is exactly where Marie finds the nuts she has to crack on her way.