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Watch: 'I wanted each step to connect with the audience' – Peter Wright on The Nutcracker

The choreographer reflects what makes his classic Royal Ballet production so magical, more than three decades after its premiere.

By Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer)

21 December 2016 at 11.54am | 2 Comments

In this film, former Principal of The Royal Ballet Darcey Bussell meets with choreographer Peter Wright, who celebrates his 90th birthday this year.

Working as Associate Director for The Royal Ballet in the mid-1980s, Wright updated several ballets in the repertory including The Nutcracker and Giselle. ‘I was always moved by the classics,' he reveals, 'And I found I loved re-making some of these scenes. I wanted each step to connect with the audience.’

Wright admits that he only thought the production would run for a few Seasons, and never imagined it would keep going more than 30 years later in 2016. ‘I’ve been very lucky to be able to make improvements to it each year. The Company have made it a classic – it keeps getting better and better.’

Watch more films like this on the Royal Opera House YouTube channel:

This film was originally shown as part of The Royal Ballet's live cinema relay of The Nutcracker earlier this month. Find out more about The Royal Opera House cinema relays near you.

The Nutcracker runs until 12 January 2017. Tickets have now sold out, but returns may become available.

By Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer)

21 December 2016 at 11.54am

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged Ballet, by Peter Wright, cinema, Darcey Bussell, Production, Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker, YouTube

This article has 2 comments

  1. Noelle Virginia responded on 22 December 2016 at 6:28pm Reply

    errr, the sums don't add up. 50 years?

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 23 December 2016 at 10:11am

      Hi Noelle,

      You are of course correct - this error has been amended.

      Thanks,

      Chris

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