The Nutcracker and I comes to Leeds for Christmas

A ground-breaking new multi-media show, The Nutcracker and I, is coming to the the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre in Leeds for four festive performances on 22nd and 23rd December.

Exceptional concert pianist Alexandra Dariescu has created the perfect Christmas concert for a new generation, offering up a 50-minute live performance piece that features a unique interaction between one pianist, one ballerina, and a spectacle of exquisite hand-drawn digital animations.

The show tells the story of a little girl who dreams of becoming a concert pianist. On stage will be a grand piano, played by Dariescu herself, and a ballerina behind a see-through gauze screen. Projected onto the gauze and bringing the story to life are exquisite digital animations, all hand-drawn and created in advance by Yeast Culture.

The animations will engage live with the pianist and ballerina as they ‘dance’ across the screen to a fantastic score of Tchaikovsky’s beloved music including favourites such as Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Alexandra Dariescu says: ‘I believe my responsibility as a young artist is to reach out to as many people as possible and to build bridges for those new to classical music. I absolutely love what I do and realised early on that music is my calling, but I am also quite aware that we have to be ever more creative to engage, connect and communicate the beauty of our art to our audiences’.

Don’t miss The Nutcracker and I when it comes to Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre on 22nd and 23rd December.

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