Jan McNulty Posted November 21, 2013 Share Posted November 21, 2013 English National Ballet are at the Liverpool Empire this week with Wayne Eagling's production of the Nutcracker. I saw the performance last night. Overall, I enjoyed the performance very much. I loved the beginning sequence with Clara in her bedroom and the skaters outside the house. It immediately generated a lovely Christmassy feel. I thought the whole company looked engaged on the stage and it made for a party I wanted to be at! I liked the idea of the puppet theatre where the puppets come to life that carried the thread into act 2. One thing I did not understand was why the Nutcracker Doll and the Nutcracker Prince seemed interchangeable in the battle with the rats and the snow scenes. One minute it was the masked Nutcracker (a fabulous Junor Souza) and the next it was the Nutcracker Prince (the truly glorious Vadim Muntagirov). I did find it a bit irritating. I did like the way Clara transmogrified from the student dancer to Daria Klimentova - it was so seamless I bet people sat upstairs at the back didn't even notice! I loved the snowflakes! The act 2 divertisements were interesting and attractive but I'm not quite sure why there was a mini story in the Arabian. All the dancing was splendid but I must say that Daria Klimentova and Vadim Muntagirov have a very special and spectacular on stage partnership that is a privilege to watch. All in all, I enjoyed the production and the performance very much. 3 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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