Friday, November 25, 2016
Margaret Fleming-Makarian talks about Tchaikovsky’s hugely popular 1892 ballet The Nutcracker. The Nutcracker is often seen as simply a fantastic entertainment: a young girl’s Christmas dream-journey with her Nutcracker-Prince to a mysterious Far Eastern palace. However, Margaret Fleming-Makarian looks deeper, seeing not simply a melding of Hoffman's 1816 tale and Dumas' 1845 translation-adaptation, but noting a symbolic meaning in most of the narrative and visual elements. This lecture is based on the author's latest book The Original Nutcracker Ballet: A Hidden Allegory (2014).
The book investigates the ballet's occult symbolism, revealing an allegory of freedom - political, economic and social freedom, as well as spiritual freedom from metempsychosis back into the world. See book review in the SCRSS Digest, Summer 2015 issue. Margaret Fleming-Markarian spent her professional life teaching dance. Now retired, she researches the classic ballets, drawing upon her practical experience, as well as early training at the Benesh Institute of Choreology, and academic education in European and Art History at the University of Edinburgh.
Centring her research on the Sergeev choreographic scores in the Harvard Theatre Collection and the Royal Academy of Dance Library in London, she seeks to build a meaningful visual context for the original classic choreographies through their original designs and sets preserved in St Petersburg.
Normal entrance fees apply (SCRSS members £3.00 / non-members £5.00). Light refreshments from 6.30pm.
More info: http://www.russianevents.london/events/talknutcracker
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