Posted by: greercn | December 21, 2010

The Nutcracker

Shown live from the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow, this was a very beautiful event. You felt like you were there.

I have been a bit of a snob about the Stratford Picture House showings of plays and ballets and operas. National Theatre tickets are cheap, if you book well ahead or buy them at the last minute and I have ways of getting to theatre and opera and dance for refreshingly little money. So, I didn’t really see the point of paying out for a second-hand experience.

The advantage, here, is the close-ups on the fine nuances of the movements and faces and the ability to shift position to pay attention to a particular detail of costume or set. That, you don’t get live. It’s as if you have binoculars honed in on the best place to be.  Really, it’s magical and the 120 people attending all seem enraptured.

Tchaikovsky’s music and Yuri Grigorovich’s choreography are really unbeatable. “The Nutcracker” is brought to new life, in this production, with jumps and pirouettes that are captivating. What a Christmas story!

I am converted and will attend the next one. The Bolshoi and the Ballet de l’Opera of Paris will have regular live links to shows over the next few months. Next up is “Giselle” and a class concert on January 23rd. You can get full details on the Picture House web site. There is a link from this site.


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