Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Ballet In Cinema: The Nutcracker

Ballet in Cinema: The Nutcracker 
(Bolshoi Ballet)
December 16 - 20

The Nutcracker (Bolshoi Ballet)
A classic holiday tradition for many years, The Nutcracker ballet is a magical performance loved by children and adults alike.  Written during the classical period of ballet, The Nutcracker Ballet takes place in Western Europe in the 1800’s on Christmas Eve but the story is as crazy as it is convincing. 

Based on the fairytale The Nutcracker and the King of Mice, The Nutcracker’s enchanting costumes and incredible setting at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater feature one of the most famous pas de deux, dance for two, in ballet.  The Nutcracker’s Sugar Plum Fairy dance with the Prince is world renown.

Slip away into the Land of Sweets with the Prince and Clara as the Sugar Plum Fairy treats them to a celebration of dances.  Clara and her prince are entertained by several dance performances in The Nutcracker that portray different nationalities.

In the Land of Sweets, each dance represents a delicacy that was unique to that part of the world.  For example, Tea was the Chinese Dance and Coffee was the Arabian Dance.  To further enhance the visual experience, each dancer’s costume resembled the “sweets” from their country.  Unlike today, foreign delicacies were very rare when the ballet was created.

The Nutcracker captures all the magic, joy and mystery of Christmas.  Better than a present, the enchanting costumes and incredible setting at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater, the Nutcracker at the Bolshoi Ballet is not to be missed this holiday season. Don’t miss this great holiday classic playing at your local Digiplex starting on Sunday Dec. 16 through Thursday, Dec. 20.


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