The Nutcracker ballet has always been a traditional holiday favorite for many families. From elaborate costumes to the sounds of the orchestra, this ballet has become a timeless classic. With all of the popularity, not many know that the Nutcracker was actually a failure when it first premiered, partially because of its confusing choreography.
The ballet was also based off the book by E.T.A. Hoffman titled “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.” Both critics and parents alike thought this original was too dark and not meant for kids to watch. With the help of a French writer named Alexandre Dumas, it was rewritten to be more family friendly.
Some differences between Hoffman’s and Dumas’s versions are the names of the main character, the girl who is given the Nutcracker as a gift. Hoffman’s version has her named as Clara, while in Dumas’s version she is named Marie.
Although there are several adaptations, the Nutcracker is a tradition for the holidays and will remain a classic for many years to come. It has also become a much bigger success since its initial premiere and is a must-do for many ballet companies every year because of the high demand.Sources:
Delphine Dubois. Histoire d'un casse-noisette. Alexandre Dumas: deux siècles de littérature vivante. Société des Amis d'Alexandre Dumas.
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