The Nutcracker revisited by Konstantinos Rigos

published in: Exhibitions, Art, Music By Apostolos Mitsios, 19 December 2010

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photo © Konstantinos Rigos

Celebrated Greek choreographer Konstantinos Rigos has been long experimenting with Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, trying to interpret in his trademark way his ballets. The love affair begun in 1999 with Sleeping Beauty and it continued in 2002 with Swan Lake/The memory of the swans, both with the National Theatre of Northern Greece. This time is the turn of Nutcracker, Tchaikovsky’s 19th-century two-act ballet, in collaboration with Oktana Dance Theater.

photo © Konstantinos Rigos

*OnceuponatimetherewasayounggirlcalledClara*

photo © Konstantinos Rigos

*So,shedecidedtoorganizeacrazypartyandinvite
allherimaginaryfriendstocelebrateChristmasEve
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photo © Konstantinos Rigos

The Nutcracker is a so called Christmas classic, reflecting not only winter time and the way it is associated with Christmas but also the illusions and expectations that are more vivid than ever this period. The adaptation of Konstantinos Rigos is a quest to portray the unfulfilled, the imaginary, inspired by love and the way it turns sometimes to be a (seeming) lie. Floating between reality and fantasy, between innocence and violence, between a pleasant dream and a nightmare, Rigos’ take on the Nutcracker is definitely a trilling experience.

photo © Konstantinos Rigos

Sometimes funny and sensual, sometimes disturbing, it never leaves you indifferent. What can we say about the beautiful execution of the choreography, the immense capacity of the male dancers to alter their roles- from vivid toys to animals and back to humans- and the unifying influence of Clara, the only female character of the performance? It may be indeed the male dancers that capture the attention but Clara, a small girl that becomes an adult, with her desires turned into nightmares and what seemed initially funny turned into something darker and sinister, is the key factor of the story.

photo © Konstantinos Rigos

Clara projects her dreams and desires to the Nutcracker, but in the end they are revealed to be only made by wood. Dance under these circumstances seems the only way to release the pressure and to highlight life, like the pulse of the heart that remains vivid while one is sleeping. A definite must see, the Nutcracker is a mature act made with the material of the dreams.

Don’t say you haven’t been warned!

photo © Konstantinos Rigos

*Astheclockstrikesmidnightthetoyscometolife*

Nutcracker Yatzerized // photographs © Konstantinos Rigos

photo © Konstantinos Rigos

photo © Konstantinos Rigos

*Adreamtransformsintoanightmare*

photo © Konstantinos Rigos

photo © Konstantinos Rigos

photo © Konstantinos Rigos

photo © Konstantinos Rigos | graphic design by Dimosthenis Grivas

The Nutcracker
THESEUM - A Theatre for the Arts
7 Tournavitou Str, Thisseio [ tel +30 210 325 54 44 ]
19 November 2010 - 3 January 2011
Performances: 9.30pm daily [ except for Tuesday and Wednesday ]
Tickets: 20€ [ students: 15€ ]

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  • friend
    Dora | 2010-12-19 11:40:20

    Personally, I would prefer something more original, and I'm sorry but putting a transexual in the lead is more of a side-show, not an innovation. Plus, I remember him when he was a dancer - he was so much better before. Now, his movements are clunky and without grace. Also, Mr Rigos should consider finding a new gimmick beyond "naked men with their cocks out". Boring and uninspired.

  • friend
    Yordan | 2010-12-19 17:12:01

    Oh My......

  • friend
    Elvin | 2010-12-21 23:35:42

    Loved the photography !! ... Understand your point, but not quite agreeing with u Dora! :D

  • friend
    Thomas A. | 2010-12-22 08:22:22

    judging is easy when it comes to others. objectivity is a challenge after all. i loved the energy of the dancers their effort their sweat. in combo with this beautiful music. and sexy it was. really sexy.

  • friend
    Liana | 2010-12-26 00:59:17

    How can you judge this inspired version of the nutcracker by referring to a dancers intimate history? They managed to be funny and still scary, tender but also obscure, sweet but risky just as in children plays.
    Yes, in life a boy becomes a girl and yes in the scene fantasies are reproduced because everything is always about desire. Connect with yourself Dora

  • friend
    AAA | 2010-12-26 13:46:13

    Dancers' (s. artists') private life is completely irrelevant to their talent and performance and the rest is "petit bourgeois"............ Rigos' " Nutcracker" was a refreshing re-invention of a completely "has been" ballet, bitter/sweet, surprising, deconstructing and re-composing , moving, with some awesome choreographic moments... You may get skeptical in front of Rigos' "Nutcracker" but in the end of the day you have to recognize that there is inspiration and lots of effort. Myself I could not agree more with Liana's comment above and it was a real Xmas gift (if not a bliss) attending the show. AAA

  • friend
    fil | 2011-01-03 11:17:34

    i agree with liana,i dont care if the lead was a martian the dancers gave their souls,and at the end the spectators applaud for 5 minutes.it was just beautiful and scary and funny.my girlfriend told me that the lead dancer was so beautiful and when i told her that she was born a man she wouldn't believe me...i think that dora is just another hater.

  • friend
    Paige | 2011-01-06 05:07:57

    It depends on how hard you lean on predispositions. I have never heard of the lead, known she was a transvestite, or am familiar with the choreographer, yet to me the idea of the play itself seems to me an innovation. "Inspired" should therefore be taken out of context og hype, previous skill, and previous works, and only within the context of the play itself i think. however, i am unfamiliar with how well they danced or not, and may or may not like it.

  • friend
    Ioanna | 2011-01-10 14:46:33

    ..poetry in motion..!

  • friend
    maria | 2011-02-28 12:54:30

    so nice so creative so coordinator

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