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A review by Jolanta Ryba

 Snow Girls Dance

Snow Girls Dance

On 19th of December 2014, at the main stage of the Kraków Opera, we came to watch the famous Tchaikovsky ballet, the Nutcracker. The great choreographer Emil Wesolowski, who is an outstanding Polish dance director and educator, produced this production.  He is the choreographer for the National Polish Ballet. In this production, he realised innovative artistic ideas – he included the best classical Russian ballet elements and other world’s dances in one romantic modern performance. The audience sensitivity has been moved in many levels.  This resulted at times to both the performers and audience being drawn to tears of delight and emotion. Especially appreciated was the brilliant solo and duo dance set pieces, which received great spontaneous applause.

Krakow Opera

Krakow Opera

What was especially memorable were the Floral Waltz and the Snow Girls Dance. As for the music, Kraków Opera Orchestra under the direction of Jacek Delekta created the impression of uniqueness Christmas scenery, mood and childhood fairy tale, when everything from your imagination is possible. What was impressive was how Tchaikovsky’s traditional melancholic Slavonic music with the drops of lyricism, intermixing with dynamic intervals, amazed the Kraków audience. The wonderful dancers’ costumes by Maria Balcerek, together with the minimalist set design by Marek Grabowski, contributed in creating a world-class production.

Inside the Krakow Opera

Inside the Krakow Opera

Not surprising Kraków, deserves its reputation as Poland’s cultural capital and it was recently named Europe’s Capital of Culture. The team at Kraków Opera merit their reputation as one of the world’s leading production companies of European culture, dance and theatre. I would certainly recommend a visit to the Krakow Opera to see the Nutcracker or any other production.

A view from the stage of the Krakow Opera

A view from the stage of the Krakow Opera

Composer: Peter Tchaikovsky

ballet-extravaganza in two acts
libretto by Marius Petipa and Ivan Wsiewołożski by ETA Hoffmann’s tales
compiled by Emil Wesolowski
premiere: Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg
Prime Minister of Poland Bydgoszcz 1958 Opera Studio


The staging and choreography by Emil Wesolowski
Musical direction: Gregory Berniak
Production Designer: Marek Grabowski
Visualizations: Marek Grabowski, Thomas Cook
Costumes: Maria Balcerek
Directed light: Bogumil Palewicz Assistant Choreographer: Elena Korpusenko, Victor Korpusenko assistant set designer Magdalena Kut assistant costume designer Bozena Pędziwiatr Inspicjenci Agnieszka Sztencel, Justin Jarocka-Lejzak

Ballet Director: Elena Korpusenko

educator Victor Korpusenko
Inspector: Violetta Maciejewska
accompanist Ella Mkrtchyan, Ludmila Wanderer
Masseuse: Barbara Dygut
Physiotherapist: Michal Krawczyk

Children’s choir director Marek Kluz
Ballet Studio Director: Magdalena Malska


KLARA  Mizuki Kurosawa, Clara Ushizaka NUTCRACKER Yauheni Yatskevich, Dzmitry Prokharau Drosselmeyer | Robert Kędziński MOUSE KING | Maciej Pluskowski, Yauheni Raukuts AUNT Clare FAIRY Agnieszka Chlebowska, Gabriel Kubacka snowflakes solo |Agnieszka Chlebowska, Gabriel Kubacka QUEEN OF FLOWERS | Anastasiya Krasouskaya, gin Kazyrskaya Clara’s father  Volodymyr Fortunenko, Adam Mosko


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