Friday, 23 December 2016

    Day 8 - The Nutcracker | 12 Days of Christmas

    I live with four bad-ass ladies, in my houseshare in South East London, and we collectively decided that our Christmas activity would be a group trip to see The Nutcracker by the English National Ballet.

    I've only ever seen one ballet, and that was actually Le Corsaire which we reviewed for the blog. Of course I know the iconic Nutcracker piano tune, in the same way the entire world does, but I wasn't overly aware of the plot or anything else really.

    The majority of The Nutcracker is set in a dream, and this gives the show the license to execute such incredible choreography, costumes and performances; there are no boundaries in dreams. I was really in awe of the costuming and it seriously made me want to rock a tutu in day to day life. I think I could pull it off.

    On the night we went the principal soloists were Alina Cojocaru, Cesar Corrales and James Forbat; all were utterly spellbinding, but it was Cojocaru who really won the audiences' heart. The delicacy of her movement was so beautiful I almost cried.

    I think a lot of people may think of the ballet as a somewhat 'old fashioned' way to spend time, but when you're there it's impossible not to be swept up in the amazing, gleeful atmosphere...especially when there's a sensational orchestra helping you along.

    I think I might be convinced to make The English National Ballets production of The Nutcracker my new festive about you? ...M x

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