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Cinderella. The Nutcracker

Choreography: David Simic

with the Kinder Ballett Kompanie Berlin and the ID Festival Ensemble

The next generation of artists is already here!

The next big names in ballet and classical music collaborate on this new production of the two famous children’s tales. In the program, the Nutcracker, Tchaikovsky’s major hit newly choreographed by David Simic, follows the premiere of Alma Deutscher’s Cinderella Ballet Suite, which is based on the music from her Opera of the same name. However, the story of Alma’s opera is not the Cinderella that everyone knows.

This is what Alma says about her piece: “Cinderella has been my favourite tale ever since I was three years old. I did not want Cinderella to be just a pretty girl who does what she is told and who succeeds only because she happens to have a small foot. So I set the story in an opera house. My Cinderella is a composer, the prince is a poet, and Cinderella wins the prince’s heart because of her talent, not because of her shoe size.”

In our version, Cinderella will try to win the prince’s heart with her stunning pirouettes.


Alma Deutscher, born 2005, is a composer, violinist and pianist. She started playing the piano when she was two years old and the violin when she was three. Soon afterwards she started improvising simple melodies on the piano. Her attempts at composition started aged four, when she began writing an opera about a pirate called Don Alonzo.

When she was six, she composed her first full piano sonata, and at seven she composed a very short opera called The Sweeper of Dreams. There followed various compositions for violin, piano, and chamber ensembles. Aged nine, Alma wrote a concerto for violin and orchestra, which she premiered in 2015. Her first piece for symphony orchestra, Dance of the Solent Mermaids was also premiered in 2015.

Aged ten, Alma composed a full length opera, Cinderella. A chamber version of the opera was performed in Israel in 2015. A fuller version was premiered in Vienna in 2016, under the patronage of Maestro Zubin Mehta, to standing ovations and international critical acclaim. The English language premiere will take place in December 2017 in San Jose, California.

Aged twelve, she completed her first piano concerto, and played it in Austria alongside her violin concerto, to the jubilation of the public and the press.

Alma is featured prominently in the international press and media. In 2017 she was the subject of an hour long BBC Documentary and a CBS 60 Minutes documentary. Her YouTube channel has more than seven million views.

As a soloist on both violin and piano, Alma has performed in England, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Uruguay, USA, Israel, China and Japan. She has also performed in prestigious events, including Google’s Zeitgeist, alongside speakers such as Physicist Stephen Hawking.

Alma currently plays on a violin by Guarneri del Gesù kindly lent to her by Beare’s International Violin Society.

Kinder Ballett Kompanie Berlin was founded in 2016 by David Simic, a former dancer of the Berlin Staatsballett. The school offers ballet classes and performance opportunities on stages in Berlin and in Brandenburg to young dancers between the ages of 6-18. More than 60 students take part in the company’s core repertoire: Sleeping Beauty, Carnival of the Animals, Coppélia and Welcome to the Town. Staatsballett Berlin, Deutsche Oper, Mercedes Benz, Urania and the FEZ are the company’s main partners and sponsors. David Simic, head of the school, teaches at the Royal Academy of Dance in London, where he graduated with a masters degree. He is active as a classical ballet pedagog and choreographer worldwide. Since 2018 David serves as a guest teacher at the Chinese Academy of Art

Alma Deutscher (born 2005), Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)

Choreography & Staging
David Simic

Concept & Production
Ohad Ben-Ari

Musical Arrangements:
Omer Frenkel, Arnold Zamarin

Ensemble Coordination
Hila Karni

In cooperation with the Kinder Ballett Kompanie Berlin

Guiliana Bottino for Theama for dance, Italy

Lighting Design
Steffen Hoppe

Video Production
Ede Mueller

Eyal Ein-Habar (Flute), Omer Idan (Oboe), Alexander Rattle (Clarinet), Miri Ziskind (Bassoon), Merav Goldman (Horn), Ori Wissner-Levy (Violin), Lir Vaginsky (Violin), Gerald Karni (Viola), Hila Karni (Cello), Pauli Pappinen (Double bass), Elisabeth Zosseder (Harp), Omer Frenkel (Conducting)

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Sat 13 October 19:00 (Premiere)
Sun 14 October 15:00

Radialsystem Halle

18 / 11 €, kids up to 12 years 3 €

1,5 hours, including a pause