In the new theatrical season, the State Ballet of Berlin will not stage “The Nutcracker”, as the theater is revising its repertoire and getting rid of productions that may contain “forms of discrimination” informs Berlin TV channel Ostwest.
The production The Nutcracker is based on the traditional ballet of 1892 and staged by choreographers Vasily Medvedev and Yuri Burlaka. The production, on which € 1.5 million was spent, has been shown in Berlin since 2013.
The performance features Chinese dance and Arabic dance, which are performed, in particular, by artists depicting women from the harem, writes Der Tagesspiegel. These dances, according to theater director Christiane Theobald, can represent oriental cultures in an overly caricatured way.
In 2015, the Nutcracker ballet has already been revised. Then the children with black make-up were removed from the scene in the second act, as they considered it a form of racial discrimination.
Scottish Ballet had previously announced that it would remove “cartoon elements” from Arabic and Chinese dance in The Nutcracker.
As a replacement for The Nutcracker, Don Quixote was chosen on the stage of the Berlin Ballet, which will be shown in December. However, this performance does not fully comply with the principles of tolerance. In Don Quixote, they can caricature the Sinti and the Roma. Christiane Theobald is in talks with representatives of these ethnic groups and experts to adjust the theater program.