The National Ballet of China and the China Animation Comic Game Group will adapt the Chinese version of The Nutcracker into an animated film which is set for release at the end of this year.
As the first of its kind in China, the ballet film will mix real dance performances and stage sets with animation and 3D technology.
The National Ballet of China's version of The Nutcracker premiered in Beijing in 2000. Inspired by the classic two-act ballet scored by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, it is set against the backdrop of Spring Festival, the most important traditional festival for the Chinese.
Choreographed by Feng Ying, president of the National Ballet of China, and Chinese dancer-choreographer Wang Yuanyuan, the ballet combines symbolic Chinese cultural elements with Western ballet, such as the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac and temple fairs.
The Chinese version of The Nutcracker has toured worldwide since its premiere. In October 2018, it was staged at La Seine Musicale in Paris, France, with 11 shows.
"It's one of the ballet works that represents the National Ballet of China. It appeals to people of different ages, but especially young people who will recognize the animal characters," says Feng, adding that the company's principal dancers will take part in the film which Feng will direct.