The Nutcracker: Dance of the Mirlitons

Maurice Denis (1870-1943), Jardin sous la neige, signé ‘MAV-DENIS’ (en bas à gauche); signé, daté et inscrit ‘Maurice Denis Jardin sous la neige 1909’ (au revers, probablement de la main de l’artiste), huile sur toile marouflée sur panneau, 40.5 x 26.7 cm., Peint en 1909, Image Source: Christie’s

“Peter Wright’s interpretation of The Nutcracker has been enchanting children and adults alike since its first performance by The Royal Ballet in 1984. Lev Ivanov’s 1892 ballet combined with Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous, iconic score are presented in a festive period setting with vivid designs to make this a charming and magical production. Loosely based on the story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, the ballet begins in the 19th-century German home of the Stahlbaums, where they are hosting a lively Christmas party. The period setting is captured in opulent detail by Julia Trevelyan Oman’s designs, which include authentic Christmas tree decorations that are magically brought to life. Wright’s choreography ingeniously incorporates surviving fragments of the ballet’s original material, including the sublime pas de deux for the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince. But in emphasizing the relationship between Clara and the Nutcracker, the production also gains a touching subtext of first love.”

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7 Comments Add yours

  1. cindy knoke says:

    Beautiful. Happy Holidays! 🔔🎉🎅🎁🎄


  2. jonicaggiano says:

    I cried the first time I saw this in Seattle. I cried for all those who will never, have such a beautiful opportunity to see such beauty. I wish we lived in a world were ever little child could see this musical dancing magic. Blessings and Happy Holidays to you and yours. 🦋🤗❤️🌟

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    1. We are kindred spirits.😎 Thanks for sharing your memories and relfections, Joni. AND, of course, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! ❤️🎄🙏🎅🏻🙂


  3. Anita Bacha says:

    Lovely video and write Sunny 🤩 Happy Holidays full of magic and good cheers 💗💗💗

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    1. Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Anita! ❤️🙂🎄

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      1. Anita Bacha says:

        Thank you Sunny. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you too and to yours 🎄💝😘

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