Royal Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’ Comes to Beaulieu

THE NUTCRACKER ; Music by Tchaikovsky ; Choreography by Wright ; Lauren Cuthbertson (as The Sugar Plum Fairy) and Cory Stearns (as The Prince) ; The Royal Ballet ; At the Royal Opera House, London, UK ; 3 December 2013 ; Credit: Tristram Kenton / Royal Opera House / ArenaPAL

THE NUTCRACKER ;
Music by Tchaikovsky ;
Choreography by Wright ;
Lauren Cuthbertson (as The Sugar Plum Fairy) and Cory Stearns (as The Prince) ;
The Royal Ballet ;
At the Royal Opera House, London, UK ;
3 December 2013 ;
Credit: Tristram Kenton / Royal Opera House / ArenaPAL

Christmas would hardly be Christmas without Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Nutcracker’. My own first experience with this glorious confection took place many years ago at New York’s Lincoln Center. I watched, entranced, as a giant Christmas tree rose from the stage as if by magic and an enchanting girl, hardly older than myself, leaped and pirouetted around the stage with an assortment of exotic characters. The Sugarplum Fairy! Drosselmayer! Dancing mice! Toy soldiers! I resolved then and there to be a ballerina.

Well that never happened. What did happen was a lifelong love of ballet which I can now indulge with the Royal Ballet’s live transmissions direct into movie theatres. This past September saw the first-rate production of Sleeping Beauty beamed to Beaulieu-sur-Mer. And tomorrow, September 16, we’ll be treated to the Royal Ballet’s Nutcracker. This acclaimed production directed by Peter Wright stars Francesca Hayward as Clara and Alexander Campbell as the Nutcracker Prince while Lauren Cuthbertson  dances the Sugarplum Fairy and Gary Avis portrays the devilish Drosselmayer.

For those unfamiliar with live transmissions, these direct-from-the-opera-house broadcasts bring all the freshness and immediacy of actual attendance at the show but on a big screen near you. On the Riviera, you can watch at Le Cinema de Beaulieu or at the Cinema d’Alma in Sophia Antipolis. The latter venue offers free admission to grade-school kids accompanied by an adult. You can find the season’s schedule for Royal Opera House ballets and operas here. 

For inspiration, check out this video of the dancers rehearsing for this production:

 

Ballet in Beaulieu-sur-Mer

Romeo-JulietCulture vultures who want to experience the very best operas and ballets can now satisfy their tastes close to home. You don’t have to fly to London to enjoy the Royal Opera House season! Just head to Le Cinema de Beaulieu in Beaulieu-sur-Mer where selected operas and ballets are broadcast live and direct from the Royal Opera House.

This coming Tuesday, September 22 Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet is on the program. ¨Prokofiev’s score will be conducted by Koen Kessels and the doomed lovers will be danced by Sarah Lamb and Steven McRae. Here is a preview to whet your appetite:

The ballet will also be broadcast at the Cinema d’Alma in Sophia Antipolis. You can find the season’s schedule for Royal Opera House ballets and operas here. 

Note that tickets are available for purchase only at the cinema.

Nice Jazz Festival 2015

The Roots

The Roots

Ask and ye shall receive. Last year I bemoaned the fact that the Nice Jazz Festival was relying too much on regulars. Sponsored by singer/pianist Jamie Cullum, this year’s program presents several rarely-seen-in-Nice artists such as Brad Mehldau, The Roots, Jason Moran and Roberto Fonseca. In addition to up-and-coming artists, look out for jazz legends Cassandra Wilson, Kenny Barron and Charles Lloyd as well as soul artists Lauryn Hill and Kool and the Gang.

The price has not gone up (yay!), remaining at €35 (€31 if purchased before 15 May) with a variety of reductions available. Check out the Nice Jazz Festival site (in French) for all prices and booking and to this page for English language info, tips and explanations on the infrastructure.

Here’s the Nice Jazz Festival Calendar:

Tuesday 7 July

Teatre de Verdure

19h30 – Fred D’Oelsnitz Trio

20h45 – Omer Klein Trio

22h30 – Cassandra Wilson, “Coming Forth By Day”

Scene Massena

20h00 Too Many Zooz “Brasshouse”

21h15 – Caravan Palace

23h00 – Jamie Cullum

Wednesday 8 July

Teatre de Verdure

19h30 – Indra Rios Moore

20h45 Kenny Barron

22h30 – Charles Lloyd Quartet

Scene Massena

20h00 – Benjamin Clementine

21h15 – Jungle

23h00 – Asaf Avidan

Thursday 9 July

Teatre de Verdure

19h30 – Grégory Privat & Sonny Troupé, “Luminiescence”

20h45 – Brad Mehldau Trio

22h30 – Kurt Elling, “Passion World”

Scene Massena

20h00 – Ibeyi

24h15 Hiatus Coyote

23h00 – Lauryn Hill

Friday 10 July

Teatre de Verdure

19h30 – Hugh Coltman, “Shadows – Songs of Nat King Cole ”

20h45- Eric Legnini, “What’d I Say” feat. Sandra Nkaké & Kellylee Evans

22h30 – Yael Naim

Scene Massena

20h00 Liv Warfield

21.15 Hindi Zahra

23h00 – Cerrone

Saturday July 11

Teatre de Verdure

19h30 – Andrea Motis & Joan Chamorro

20h45 – Jason Moran, “Fats Waller Dance Party”

22h30 – Roberto Fonseca and Fatoumata Diawara ,”At Home”

Scene Massena

20h00 – Monophonics

21H15 – Larry Graham & Graham Central Station

23h00 The Roots

Sunday 12 July

Scene Massena

11h Free Concert London Gospel Choir

20h30 Soul Rebels

23h00 Kool and the Gang