Love, dreams and imagination combine to form one of the most fascinating ballets in the history of classical dance. The enchanting set designs of the Saint Petersburg Ballet make audiences feel part of Hoffmann's fairytale. For its fable-like characteristics, its happy ending and the plotline defined by a festive atmosphere, "Lo Schiaccianoci" (The Nutcracker) has become a ballet that bewitches children and charms adults, with its dancing candies, miniature soldiers, Christmas trees, snowflakes and flowers, not to mention its mean mice, Prince Charming and tooth fairy. It's now the most-performed show during the Christmas holiday season. The ending is marked by the exquisite Waltz of the Flowers, after which Clara wakes up in an armchair with her nutcracker still in her lap, happily transported by this Christmas dream.
Main performance: 8.45pm