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'The Nutcracker' continues Christmas tradition

Published:Friday | December 18, 2015 | 12:00 AM
A scene from ‘The Nutcracker’, the most performed ballet in the world.

The Nutcracker, a production for all the family, is on this Sunday at the Palace Cineplex.

The timeless ballet, which tells of a little girl's dreamlike adventure on Christmas Eve, lives on as a holiday tradition throughout the world.

According to German folklore, nutcrackers were given as keepsakes to bring families good luck and protect their homes from danger. Nutcrackers are said to embody the 'Cycle of Life'. As the seed of the nut falls to the ground, it grows into a sturdy tree living over centuries, providing nourishment for woodcutters and woodcrafters.


Magic and mystery


Before harvesting the logs of older trees, a celebratory feast was held where fruits and nuts were eaten, symbolically passing on the magic and mystery of this and, in turn, to collectors of these exquisite wooden nutcrackers.

Nutcrackers are also said to reflect ancestral dining customs, where amusing or rare nutcrackers were part of the decor, adding a whimsical conversation piece as guests lingered over desserts such as sweetmeats, pecans and hazelnuts.

The novel The Nutcracker and the King of Mice, written by German author E.T. Amadeus Hoffman, formed the basis of Tchaikovsky's ballet, Nutcracker Suite, which debuted in St Petersburg in 1892 and lives on as a holiday tradition throughout the world.

Jamaicans will have another opportunity to enjoy the classic at Palace Cineplex on Sunday, December 20, at 11:30 am, as performed by the renowned Bolshoi Ballet Company, captured live directly from the Moscow stage in a grand encore performance.

Tickets are on sale at participating cinemas' box office and via the web at with a value-added Palace Card.