Another review (mine
) of Alexei Ratmansky's "The Nutcracker," danced by ABT at the Kennedy Center.
Perhaps the most magical thing about Alexei Ratmansky’s very magical “The Nutcracker,” which American Ballet Theatre has brought to D.C. for a long weekend’s worth of performances, is that it has been so refreshed and reimagined that it feels brand new. You never know what is going to happen next, and there were delighted laughs as well as happy gasps of surprise throughout the evening on opening night. There is plenty of comedy and charm in this production, but there is serious dancing, too, including two absolutely gorgeous pas de deux, and there isn’t a cliché in sight.