Nureyev’s Nutcraker 1968


With the festive season behind us and the Royal Ballet’s run of The Nutcracker coming to a close, I thought some of you might enjoy a last magical moment with this historical performance by the Company back in 1968. Choreographed and produced by Rudolf Nureyev, he also performs the roles of Drosselmeyer and the Prince, partnering Dame Merle Park as Clara and the Sugar Plum Fairy. The opening minutes will transport you back in time with views of guests arriving at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.

imageAt the moment, my year group is being taught the ‘Waltz of the Flowers’ by our ballet teacher, Anita Young, who danced in this performance aged just 17. If you would like to watch that piece, go forward to 1.06.30 on the video. The ‘Waltz’ is about six minutes long, so when we run-through several times in class we are quite out of breath by the end! Soon we will perform this piece for our families as part of the aDvANCE Project with the Brit School and hopefully again during our end of year performances at the ROH Linbury in July.

To see Nureyev at his peak, don’t miss his pas de deux with Park that follows immediately after the ‘Waltz’ towards the end of the video [1.13.30]. Other well-known dance personalities you may catch sight of are Wayne Sleep as the Nutcracker and Dame Monica Mason in the Russian Dance. Enjoy!

Author: Prisca

Blogging since 2012. I'm a professional dancer, undergoing a degree in Digital Marketing, and co-founder of Boleyn Factory, an independent film organisation based in Bordeaux, France.

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  1. How long did it take you to learn the Waltz of the Flowers?
    What were some of the corrections you got?

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