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The Imperial Russian Ballet Company, perhaps the finest ballet performers in the world, will return to entertain Australian audiences in October in 4 special shows at Sydney's State Theatre. On these exciting evenings, they will perform Tchaikovsky's most famous ballets, The Nutcracker.
The Russian Imperial Ballet Company compromises the 40 most talented performers throughout the many ballet schools in Russia. Since its formation over 20 years ago, the Company has performed a range of classical ballets in the most prestigious theatres in the world.
The Nutcracker, which includes musical compositions by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, including the instantly recognisable Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, has transcended ballet to inspire adaptations and references in film, stage, television and even video games.
The story begins on Christmas Eve, as lifelike dolls dance under a Christmas tree, entertaining the excited children. When the dolls are replaced with wooden doll, carved as a nutcracker, Clara, a young girl, is captivated until her brother, Fritz, breaks it. As the night progresses, the dolls begin a curious performance, until the nutcracker transforms into a prince to accompany Clara. The 2nd act features their incredible adventures in the prince's dream-like world.