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Costume design
  • Costume design
    Benois, Alexandre, born 1870 - died 1960
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Costume design

  • Date:

    ca. 1938 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Benois, Alexandre, born 1870 - died 1960 (costume designers)

  • Museum number:

    S.513-1980

  • Gallery location:

    Theatre & Performance, Room 105, case 9

Date

ca. 1938 (made)

Artist/maker

Benois, Alexandre, born 1870 - died 1960 (costume designers)

Descriptive line

Costume design for Act 1 by Alexandre Benois, Casse Noisette, La Scala, Milan, 1938

Labels and date

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COSTUME DESIGN FOR CASSE NOISETTE (THE NUTCRACKER)
1938

Benois saw the original production of The Nutcracker in St Petersburg in 1892. In all the productions he supervised, he endeavoured to make the characters more consistent with Hoffmann’s original story. The costume design shows the ugly nutcracker which has grown to human size to battle with the mice. The soldier’s mask, with its large teeth, is removed for his transformation into the Prince.

Ballet choreographed by Margarita Frohman to music by Piotr Tchaikovsky, 1938
La Scala, Milan

Paper, pencil and watercolour
Designed by Alexandre Benois (1870–1960)
Museum no. S.513-1980 [October 2013]

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Designs

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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