The Perfect Christmas Ballet, The Nutcracker, Comes To The Big Screen From The Bolshoi Ballet

the-nutcracker-bolshoi-ballet“…The Nutcracker’s abiding enchantment is its music, to which the child in every one of us responds.”

Just in time for the Festive Season, the magical Christmas ballet, The Nutcracker from the Bolshoi Ballet company of Russia, to the big screen at Cinema Nouveau, with limited screenings from Saturday, 17 December.

Christmas would not be complete without the enchanting tale of young Marie and her Nutcracker prince! Danced by the Bolshoi’s principals, E.T.A. Hoffmann’s fairytale, choreographed by Russian ballet master Yuri Grigorovich to the beautiful musical composed by Tchaikovsky, promises to transport children and adults alike to a world of magic and wonder for the holiday season.

The Bolshoi Ballet is the quintessential ballet company, presenting works of astounding skill, daring and bravura that leave audiences the world over spellbound. This season of ballets broadcast in cinemas is no different, with the company’s incredible productions set to feature some of the world’s greatest dancers.

On Christmas Eve, Marie’s wooden nutcracker doll transforms into a beautiful prince who takes her on a magical journey. But, before they leave, they must confront the Mouse King whose army is threatening Marie…

This production was filmed live at the Bolshoi Ballet on 21 December 2014, for broadcast into cinemas around the world, including South Africa, this December.

The Nutcracker stars Anna Nikulina as Marie, with Denis Rodkin as her Nutcracker Prince. Andrei Merkuriev dances the role of Drosselmeyer with Vitaly Biktimirov as the Mouse King, accompanied by the Bolshoi Corps de Ballet.

The Nutcracker releases on South African screens on Saturday, 17 December for four screenings only – on 17 and 21 December at 19:45, and on 18 and 22 December at 14:30 – only at Ster-Kinekor’s Nouveau theatres in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town. Bookings are now open. The running time of this ballet production is 135mins, including one interval.

Ballerina – Never give up on your dreams…

ballerinaAnother treat for ballet lovers and movie lovers this holiday season, is the release of the delightful animated feature, Ballerina, which dances its way onto Ster-Kinekor screens (in 2D and 3D) from 06 January 2017.

Set in 1879 Paris, an orphan girl dreams of becoming a ballerina and flees her rural Brittany for Paris, where she passes for someone else and accedes to the position of pupil at the Grand Opera house. The film has a running time of 90mins and carries a PG classification.

For booking information on the Bolshoi Ballet’s The Nutcracker and Ballerina at Ster-Kinekor, visit or Follow us on Twitter @nouveaubuzz or on Facebook at Cinema Nouveau. For queries, call TicketLine on 0861 Movies (668 437).