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Watch: Lauren Cuthbertson's preparations for The Nutcracker – 'The adrenaline of performing is like nothing else'

The Royal Ballet Principal will dance The Sugar Plum Fairy when The Nutcracker is broadcast live to cinemas worldwide on 8 December 2016.

By Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer)

15 December 2015 at 2.58pm | 4 Comments

Royal Ballet Principal Lauren Cuthbertson gave the Guardian insights into her preparations for dancing the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy last year. She'll be performing the role once more in the live cinema relay of The Nutcracker on 8 December 2016.

The film features glimpses into the rehearsal studio, as well as Lauren's insights into the life of a ballet dancer:

‘The adrenaline you experience is like nothing else, and the comedown from the adrenaline is also like nothing else. You need the pressure to get through it', she says. 'The life of a dancer is intense'.

Lauren will perform the challenging grand pas de deux, as well as the iconic Sugar Plum Fairy solo. Despite the exhausting choreography however, for Lauren, performing in The Nutcracker is ‘three hours of heaven’.

‘[Being on stage is] like having a completely different life. If you’re having a bad day, it’s the most cathartic place to be.’

The film also features Lauren reflecting on realizing her childhood dreams of becoming a ballerina, as well as looking to the future:

‘I’d really like to teach or to coach – to pass on what I’ve learnt. It’s what I know and the skills that I have. I don’t have a degree or a PhD – this is where I’ve put my life’s work’.

The Nutcracker will be relayed live to cinemas on 8 December 2016. Find your nearest cinema and sign up to our mailing list.

The production is supported by Van Cleef & Arpels and is staged with generous philanthropic support from the Royal Opera House Endowment Fund.

By Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer)

15 December 2015 at 2.58pm

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged Ballet, behind the scenes, Lauren Cuthbertson, The Guardian, The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet, The Sugar Plum Fairy

This article has 4 comments

  1. Just back from watching the fabulous live performance of "The Nutcracker" at Broughton, near Chester.

    Congratulations everyone on a superb evening - dancing, scenery, costumes - magical! Thank you!

  2. Sue Taylor responded on 17 December 2015 at 9:08am Reply

    Fabulous. Totally awesome.

    However, please can we be put out of our misery and not endure Darcy attempting to interview people beforehand and during interval. Brilliant dancer though she was, natural present she is not...

  3. Peter Duncan responded on 17 December 2015 at 11:24pm Reply

    Wonderful production and Darcy was a wonderful treat linking.

  4. Anna T responded on 10 December 2016 at 11:40pm Reply

    The wonderful Lauren Cuthbertson - superb. But did I hear "Good luck" at the end? Not sure that's allowed! Ha.

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