Nutcracker Video: Communicating in Character

Radzi meets Thomas and Jacob from The Royal Ballet School and learns about the character of Fritz from The Nutcracker. He also explores ballet mime with dancers Anna Rose O'Sullivan and James Hay, looking at how to create feelings and emotions without words.

When watching the film with your class, you may wish to ask the children the following questions:

  • What school do Jacob and Thomas go to?
  • How is their school different from ours?
  • In the story of The Nutcracker, who is Fritz?
  • What sort of character is he?
  • How could you show to the audience that you were a cheeky character, with no words, just through using your body?
  • What kind of toys were Harlequin and Columbine?
  • How would you describe the way they moved?
  • Demonstrate the ballet mime gesture for ‘everybody dance’.
  • In the two clips, how is the dancing different? How do they make you feel? What does the dancing tell us?