El Canal presents ‘The Nutcracker’ in hiphop version


Designed for all audiences, the Christmas programming of Teatros del Canal will focus on the little ones, who will be able to enjoy a double function of puppets and participatory activities that will take place in four cabins installed outside the theaters, has reported Teatros del Canal in a statement.

One of the four top-level dance shows that will be exhibited starting in December will be ‘The Nutcracker’, directed by Blanca Li, who has conceived an imaginative and current choreography. The work originally premiered in 1892 with music by the Russian Piotr Ilich Chaicovksi, who later separated eight numbers from this show to turn them into a concert suite.

It arrives at Teatros del Canal from December 21 to 30 in a very contemporary version and in the key of hip-hop. Armed with the energy of movement and dance, Li tames Tchaikovsky’s musical masterpiece with innovative arrangements based on urban sounds, so that the work vibrates with the footsteps of her eight virtuoso dancers. The music of the Russian composer is performed in a recording by the Fundación Orquesta y Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid.

Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo will visit Teatros del Canal from January 5 to 8 with a reinterpretation of the fable of ‘Coppélia’, entitled ‘Coppél-iA, the famous ballet by Lèo Delibes’, which in a futuristic version, seasoned with artificial intelligence , directed by the renowned French choreographer Jean Christophe Maillot.

In anticipation of the more properly Christmas dates, the National Dance Company returns to the Red Room of Teatros del Canal. One of the attractions of this return (from December 1 to 8) is that two of the three pieces presented are world premieres. The group directed by Joaquín de Luz signs one of them, ‘Passengers Within’, and the Italian choreographer Valentino Zucchetti the other, ‘Where you are, I feel’. In addition, the Spanish company will dance ‘Love Fear Loss’, by the Brazilian Ricardo Amarante, three steps by two inspired by Edith Piaf’s love songs.

Zucchetti’s first creation for the National Dance Company navigates, as the Italian choreographer explains, “through the complex and fluid dynamics of an open group of people. A celebration of fluid romance in all its facets. Alone in an environment where When everyone feels free to be who they really are, you can feel comfortable being your true self. Only when you’re free to be yourself can you truly feel for each other.”

The idea of ​​’Passengers Within’ is inspired by today’s society. The main couple in this show represent people who are waking up, who are questioning things. They do not want to be passengers, but to dictate their own life based on their essence and their presence.


The quartet of choreographic Christmas shows by Teatros del Canal is completed by a particular tribute on the occasion of the centenary of the premiere of Federico García Lorca’s first play, ‘El maleficio de la mariposa’ (December 10 and 11).

With this show, the Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía revisits the choreographies, dances and dances that accompanied Federico García Lorca throughout his career.

A part corresponds to those collaborations that the poet from Granada made with artists such as Antonia Mercé la Argentina or Encarnación López la Argentinita. Another part alludes to those dances that, even though they were part of his time, he never saw, such as those of Carmen Amaya, or those of Martha Graham, who then, during Lorca’s trip to the United States, created in New York and which has become present in this show with the piece Deep Song (Cante jondo).

The sound, scenery and costumes of ‘El maleficio’ de la mariposa correspond to the 21st century, but in the dances and dances the movements have been fixed, rigorous and faithful to their times. The show forms a kind of anthology of dance from the 19th century to the middle of the 20th.


The Teatros del Canal also have a family plan for these dates inside and outside the venue. Inside, on December 4, children will be able to enjoy two puppet theatrical performances, by the Clavileño company, which has been in the Retiro park for 30 years.

In the Crystal Room (12 noon) ‘Benito the pilgrim’ and ‘The sweet potato duck and the envious tiger’ will be performed. In the first, a character wants to offer a flower to the Virgin of his town, but the devil wants to stop him. In the second, a tiger refuses to accept that a duck is crowned the most elegant in town.

Lastly, outside the theaters, four cabins will be set up in which make-up workshops, puppet theatre, storytelling and street shows will take place in the morning and afternoon. Access to these activities will be free until full capacity is reached.

El Canal presents ‘The Nutcracker’ in hiphop version