Bridget H. Posted December 10, 2012 Share Posted December 10, 2012 As a long time Friend and follower of Birmingham Royal Ballet I have seen their Nutcracker many times; but last week my husband and I were priviledged to be in New York and were able to get tickets for the New York City Ballet's production of The Nutcracker. The choreography this time by George Balanchine rather than Sir Peter Wright. I thought readers of this Forum may be interested to read a little about both the performance and the venue. New York City Ballet perform at the David Koch Theatre, which is part of the Lincoln Centre and this appears to be their home; the founding choreographers being George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. When we arrived at the theatre we realised what a great Family occasion this was going to be.There was the space to sell Company Merchandise in various areas of the foyer; and Volunteers were on duty at Stalls entitled " Do you want to know more about Ballet?" At these Stalls you could collect A4 sheets about the Choreographers, the history of NYC Ballet, the history of The Nutcracker and one all about "Ballet Positions". We also enjoyed watching children, and their families, having their photograph taken with, on this evening one of the Dancers in full costume and make-up as a Snowflake. She stood in front of a painting of the Snowflake Ballet Scene ( before the performance and again in the Interval) and posed in different positions with the children. The families can take away a souvenir photograph and the Company raise money in this way. The Ballet itself was very different to Sir Peter Wright's version! But very enjoyable and very colourful. Many children take part and they are Students of The School of American Ballet. The big differences in Choreography are in Act 2, when "Hot Chocolate" represents the Spanish Dance; "Coffee"- the Arabian Dance and "Tea" the Chinese Dance. The "Candy Canes" represent The Mirlitons. Additional characters are the Marzipan Sheperdesses and "Mother Ginger" who is danced by a male dancer and who wears an enormous skirt from which emerge lots of children - The Polchinelles. The Flower Dance follows and then the pas de deux danced by The Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier. In this production he is not referred to as The Prince! As you can imagine the colourful costumes in this production make you feel as if you are in a kingdom of sweets and other delicious delicacies; and the giant Christmas Tree which rose up from under the Stage was completely magical. We loved our visit to the NYC Ballet and were made very welcome by every member of the Theatre Staff both before and after the performance. I can recommend a visit to see this Company for any readers who may be lucky enough to be visiting New York. 2 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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