Festive favourite makes two flying visits
IT is a sure sign Christmas is on the way when 'The Nutcracker' touches down on Irish shores.
This year, two versions of the festive favourite will be staged: Perm State Ballet's touring production, and an offering choreographed by a former dancer with the Russian company – Ireland's only prima ballerina, Monica Loughman.
More than 60 dancers from Perm State Ballet are finishing a two-week tour of the €1m production 'Romeo and Juliet' – the largest and most expensive ballet to visit here.
They will then put on just two performances of 'The Nutcracker' next weekend in Dublin's Bord Gais Energy Theatre.
Artistic director Alexsey Miroshnichenko told the Irish Independent: "In Ireland, people appreciate classical ballet because it's so rare that you have a chance to see it," he said. "We love bringing shows here."
Meanwhile, Ms Loughman's version of 'The Nutcracker' will embark on a nationwide tour in December, finishing up in the National Convention Centre.
Ballerinas Leanne Sexton (17), from Blackrock, Zahra Ellis-Dempsey (13), from Sutton, and Oisin O'Driscoll (16), Portmarnock– will all appear in 'The Nutcracker'.