Atlanta Ballet's Nutcracker 12/23
Posted 24 December 2001 - 12:05 AM
Act 2 opened with these things called Dreamfairies(They looked like bugs to me)wearing these awful green unitards with yellow polka dots and wings. They danced an awful dance. I missed the usual angels dance. Then we see Dew Drop. There is no SugarPlum Fairy in this one. Dew Drop does the variation. Another weird change. DewDrop was danced by a beautiful dancer named Emily Cook. She has amazing Legs and wack feet. But her variation was so awkward that it didn't really show her off. John Mcfall has some interesting choreography. Very awkward and weird. The steps jut didn't flow and instead of being pretty and calm it was sharp and angled, but whatever. Then there was the usual Spanish dance which was danced with a lot of spunk and energy by Toni Doctor and Xiao Chen. There was also Chinese dragons and ribbon twirling girls for the chinese variation, which I found very annoying. Instead of Marzipans there was a Shepherdess and get this two pink lambs on pointe. Again more animals on pointe. What is his obsession with farm animals? Along with the pink lambs was a little black lamb. This variation was cute, but kind of disturbing. Anyway we move on to Mother Matrushka(Mother Ginger). Under Mothers skirt popped out flipping little ones who did acrobats. They were cute. The arabion variation was a pas de deux danced by Alessandra Lange and Jim Stein. They danced a very lovely pas that was sexy and full of big lifts. Then came the audiences favorites and mine the russian dance. This was danced by three crazy guys showing off there tricks. Very fun to watch. Next was the grand pas. A very yet again awkward pas that was for me to slow and boring. It was full of big lifts and turns.(The usual)Ms. Winkler seemed to be just going through the motions with a what seemed to be painted on smile. I wasn't impressed with this pas. After the pas was the Flower waltz. (Yes it came after the pas weird ha!)This Flower dance was not very flowery. The girls were in these ugly flower like tutus and danced very weird choreography. DewDrop was in this dance accompanied by two roses. One rose really stood out. I think her name is Kristi Necessary. She is a beautiful girl with an amazing facility. I thought she was better than Dew Drop!! She seems very young, but she was beautiful to watch. Beautiful extensions and turns. A couple of other girls stood out in the flower waltz as well. I am not sure of their names but they were lovely dancers. Besides these few girls I was not impressed with flower corps. Probably because the corps was made up of girls from the companys school. Waltz was followed by the coda for marya and her prince.(Don't Codas come after pas??) Wei Dongsheng is a beautiful dancer with long limbs. He did a very nice menege. Marya also did a menege and fouettes.I have seen better fouttes, but she finished with nice supported piroutes by her partner and a tombe pas de bouree step into a throwing spinning thing into the the air into a fish dive to finish the music. Very impressive. Then there was the finale.
As a whole I would give this show a B-. It was weird and awkward with lots of animals. The dancers were good. But the choreography didn't help to show off the dancers. The company is also doing Dracula and Madame Butterfly. I would like to see these shows, but I might not be able to come down and see them. Ireally wanna see more of this company though. It seems like a talented group. Sorry my post is so long. I just had so much to say.
Posted 24 December 2001 - 09:30 AM
The more I see these "new" productions, the more I appreciate the traditional. I usually wish that people would accept a classic as a classic and just do it and not keep trying to make it better or more different by adding dancing animals, plopping flowers, etc. rolleyes.gif
Posted 13 March 2006 - 02:40 PM
Edited by Roach, 13 March 2006 - 02:41 PM.
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