With two shows in Winchester and another week of rehearsals under my belt, it’s safe to say I am officially in full on Nutcracking mode. It only seemed appropriate to have this week’s links reflect my current nutty state of mind…
Secrets behind the magic of The Nutcracker from the Royal Opera House. (spoiler alert)
“The greatest mysteries, however, remain in the music we already know. What does the Sugar Plum’s adagio express? We can say it’s about the sublimity of a perfect being; we can say its huge, cascading scales are liturgical, Tchaikovsky’s requiem for his beloved sister (who died while he was preparing the ballet); it contains both glory and tragedy.” -New York Times dance critic, Alastair Macauly, on the mystery and reward of his annual Nutcracker marathons. (reminds me of the Nutcracker mini-marathons my mom and I used to do)
Meet the Sugarplums of Boston (Hi Ashley!)
Festival Ballet’s Adaptive Dance program comes to the Nutcracker stage. (heartwarming)
Dew Drop is my favorite part of Balanchine’s Nutcracker. (so dynamic)
A while back my mom and I went on a little date to see the Bolshoi Ballet’s Romeo & Juliet– in a movie theater a few miles away from Providence. Though an entirely different experience from that of attending a live performance, seeing ballet on the big screen was stunning in its own way, and the behind-the-scenes footage and commentary were so cool. Now is your chance to see what I mean- this weekend The Royal Ballet’s Nutcracker will be screening at a view different theaters around the country. (check out the RI schedule here!)
And while you’re at it, check out some of The Royal Ballet’s rehearsal shots from their time in the studio preparing The Nutcracker. (lovely)
For tickets to FBP’s Nutcracker at PPAC next weekend. (shop local)
I greatly enjoyed reading about your nutcracker experience. It sounds like you have quite a career ahead of yourself, congratulations. Though i am no professional ballet dancer, but i am training and recently performed in the nutcracker at the wharton center with the childrens ballet theater of michigan. I was a soldier, snow princess, spanish and waltz. Good luck on the rest of your performances.
Hi Katie, thanks for your comment. Sounds like you had a busy Nutcracker performance, how exciting :) Thank you for the warm wishes, and for stopping by my blog. Have a wonderful holiday season! xx
Very cool clip, sounds like you have a busy couple weeks ahead of your Kirsten! Best of luck and enjoy your holiday season!