The Nutcracker

José Carlos Martínez

Ballet in two acts.

  • World premiere: Compañía Nacional de Danza at Baluarte, Pamplona (Spain), October 26th 2018

Consciousness and unconsciousness go together hand in hand in this new production of The Nutcracker. Here, the CND embraces the worlds of childhood and adulthood as if they were communicating vessels in which reality and fantasy mix intimately. The narrative is based on Marius Petipa’s libretto—in turn inspired by Alexandre Dumas’ adaptation of the fairytale penned by Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann. All conspires in this new performance to transport us to a magical universe bursting with dreams, longing and fantasy.

“After eight years’ work and following the success of ‘Don Quixote’—our first classical production for 25 years—the CND once again stages a great ballet classic: ‘The Nutcracker’. Based on Marius Petipa’s libretto—in turn inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s fairytale, adapted by Alexandre Dumas—the story thrills both adults and children alike, as it floats between two worlds: dreamland and reality, consciousness and unconsciousness, childhood and adulthood. We have staged the action in 1910. The period highlights the contrast between the bourgeois realism of a family party and the imaginary world of Clara, where her wishes and fears run amok, amidst fantasy imagery; at times wonderful; at times disturbing. This fine line between reality and fantasy itself expands into a magical universe in which we travel through the memories of our own stories.”
-José Carlos Martínez


  • Choreography:
    José Carlos Martínez
  • Music:
    Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky
  • Costume Design:
    Iñaki Cobos
  • Set Design:
    Mónica Boromello
  • Lighting Design:
    Olga García Sánchez
  • Director of magical illusions:
    Manu Vera
  • Characterisation, Makeup and Wigs::
    Lou Valérie Dubuis
  • Additional choreography:
    Act II Spanish dance by Antonio Pérez Rodríguez
  • Stage Design assistant:
    Marta Guedán
  • Prosthesis and Mouse characterisation:
    Jorge Poza
  • Hats:
    Sombrerería Medrano
  • Crowns, headgear y complements:
    Cobos Vestuario Escénico, Milos Patiño
  • Dyes and ambients:
    María Calderón
  • Shoes:
  • Dolls:
    Mª Cruz Tudela
  • Scenography construction:
    Scnik Móvil, S.A.
  • Painted curtain laces:
    Pintura y Modelado Escénico, S.L.
  • Properties and atrezzo:
    Utilería-Atrezzo, S.L.
  • Scenic textile:
    Tossal Producciones, S.L.
  • Duration:
    1h 30 min.