Performed and produced by: Alexandra Dariescu
Directed by: Nick Hille
Art director and director of animation: Adam Smith
Choreography (live and animation) by: Jenna Lee
Ballerina: Désirée Ballantyne
Technical producer: Sander Loonen
Video design produced by: Yeast Culture
Arrangements for The Nutcracker and I, by Alexandra Dariescu
1. Miniature Overture - Stepan Esipoff
2. Scene - Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
3. Opening Act One - Gavin Sutherland
4. March – Mikhail Pletnev
5. The Battle – Gavin Sutherland
6. Pas de Deux in the Snow – Mikhail Pletnev
7. Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy – Mikhail Pletnev
8. Tarantella – Mikhail Pletnev
9. Arabian Dance – Stephen Esipoff
10. Trepak – Mikhail Pletnev
11. Chinese Dance – Mikhail Pletnev
12. Dance of the Reed Flutes - Stepan Esipoff
13. Pas de Deux – Mikhail Pletnev
14. Flower Waltz – Percy Grainger
15. Finale – Gavin Sutherland
Concert pianist Alexandra Dariescu wants to challenge the traditional concert format and reach out to new audiences who might not have considered coming to a classical concert before. She has devised a ground-breaking 50-minute live multi-media performance piece for piano soloist, ballerina and digital animation - The Nutcracker and I, by Alexandra Dariescu.
Alexandra Dariescu has created her own personal take on this much-loved story which sees herself re-imagined as Clara: from little girl dreaming to concert pianist.
On stage will be a grand piano, played by Dariescu herself, and a ballerina behind a see-through gauze screen. Projected onto the gauze and bringing the story to life are exquisite digital animations, all hand drawn and created in advance by Yeast Culture. They follow the music and engage live with the pianist and ballerina as they ‘dance’ across the screen. The audience will feel like they are actually in and a part of the Nutcracker story.
Tchaikovsky’s beloved ballet music features throughout and includes favourites such as Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Arabian Dance, Chinese Dance, Pas de Deux, and the Flower Waltz in 15 virtuosic arrangements by Mikhail Pletnev, Stepan Esipoff, Percy Grainger and three brand new variations by Gavin Sutherland.
Pianist Alexandra Dariescu dazzles audiences worldwide with her effortless musicality and captivating stage presence. In addition to numerous international ensembles she has forged relationships with key UK orchestras including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, performing in venues such as London’s Royal Albert Hall, Southbank Centre, as well as in recital at the Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and New York’s Carnegie Hall.