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Just put this wonderful, very balletic staging of the Nutcracker, one that successfully resolves the old problem of who the leading ballerina ought to be. Here Sir Wright, just like Alonso in her staging, by putting a coming of age teenager Clara...one that can both starts having romantic interests and still play with dolls while dancing on pointe, and by giving her many wonderful dance moments, tells the audience that it is Clara the one to be watching carefully. Hence, the Grand Pas, as beautiful as it can be, sort of gets closer to the Bluebird PDD concept in SB...a highly technical Pas danced by secondary roles. Not saying that the result is 100% reached..(we still sense that it is Fee Dragee the One that has the formal PDD here)-but still, Clara definitely grows in importance as a ballerina role.

A wonderful sight for Christmas Day!


P.S. This is the first time I see a danseur doing fouettes. They are performed by the soldier-toy side by side to those of her vivandiere.


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