As far as I’m concerned, it wouldn’t be Christmas without The Nutcracker. You know how the story goes – a little girl, Clara, is given a nutcracker for Christmas by a magician and when midnight strikes finds herself embroiled in a fight to the death with giant mice and then transported to the kingdom of sweets. All this, plus Tchaikovsky’s fabulous music and a Christmas tree that grows to giant proportions. It’s the essence of Christmas. Continue reading
Yes, it’s back – the dancing snowflakes, the giant Christmas tree, the sugarplum fairy and the nutcracker that turns into a handsome prince. One of the great ballet favourites is making its regular Christmas appearance and this year Londoners have a choice of two brilliant productions. Here’s my introduction to them both, including details of the Japanese dancers in each one. Continue reading
For ballet fans Christmas isn’t Christmas without the ultimate Christmas ballet – the one where a magical toy nutcracker turns into a handsome young man, toy soldiers fight with giant mice, a Christmas tree grows to impossible heights, the heroine journeys through a land of snowflakes to the kingdom of sweets and most important of all, the Sugar Plum Fairy and her prince dance. What is it that makes Nutcracker such a Christmas must-see?