Christmas story you can love, even in January

24 Jan 12 - Cape Times - SHEILA CHISHOLM

BASED on Alexandre Dumas père’s rewriting of ETA Hoffmann’s tale The Nutcracker and The King of Mice, The Nutcracker ballet has been popular Christmas fare since first presented in St Petersburg in 1892.



19 Jan 12 - - Rory Berry

Pieter Toerien has done it again. He has brought the Imperial Ice Stars to The Artscape Opera House and it is a show that will sell out and get standing ovations, like the one from last night, regularly.


Fresh spin on magical ‘Nutcracker’

18 Jan 12 - Cape Times - Terri Dunbar-Curran

“IT’S NOT just a great ice show, but it’s a great ice dance,” says Tony Mercer, artistic director of The Nutcracker on Ice, which opens at Artscape tomorrow. “What catches people by surprise is the speed and grace – you can have the two together. We have snow in there, we have rain and some lovely flying effects and aerial acrobatics.”


Majestic achievement

13 Dec 11 - The Citizen Online - BRUCE DENNILL

The Imperial Ice Stars are simultaneously inspiring and a little terrifying.


Ice ballet dishes out some ‘Nutcracker’ Nirvana

13 Dec 11 - Tonight - Adrienne Sichel

The usual ETA Hoffman suspects are all there: the dreamy adolescent girl, her fantasy prince, the eerie Herr Drosselmeyer and the living Nutcracker doll.

Only this time the characters, born out of Tchaikovsky’s music for the Russian classic, whirl around on ice.


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