Moscow Ballet's The Great Russian Nutcracker Review
By: Britni Poe
Posted: Nov 22nd, 2015
Today, I will be reviewing The Great Russian Nutcracker from The Moscow Ballet.
Let me start by saying that I had never seen I “grown up” ballet. Many-a-times I’ve seen ballet’s put on by local dance classes but that’s definitely not the same as big productions like this.
When I was offered the chance to review Moscow Ballet’s The Great Russian Nutcracker, I was very excited! As some of you may know, Cody just recently went to boot camp for the Navy and the ballet just happened to be in town two days before he was scheduled to leave. It was like a last hurrah before he left, and it was a wonderful date night! Now, on to the review…
I had never seen the Russian version of the Nutcracker before so I learned quite a bit while there: 1) Clara is Masha in the Russian version. 2) There is no Sugar Plum Fairy. 3) Masha and the Nutcracker go to the land of Peace and Harmony instead which was honestly very refreshing to watch.
The dancers put on a wonderful show and the ballet was quite extravagant. There was only one or two times where you could tell somebody messed up or missed a step, which isn’t a big deal considering the whole picture.
The backdrops and props were AMAZING! So much detail was but into them and it really added to the atmosphere. There were so many nice touches added like the mini puppet show and the large animal friends who accompanied the dancers representing different nationalities.
Speaking of the nationality dances, they were done beautifully but I really think the star was the Arabic dancers. They both put on a spectacular show and did many moves that were almost acrobatic in nature which used much strength and concentration. I applause them on that.
Last but not least, I really enjoyed the Dove of Peace dance. The consumes were breath taking and the dance was beautifully done.
I absolutely enjoyed myself during this ballet and will remember is for many, many years. If you have the chance, go and see it because it is one performance that you don’t want to miss!
Here is a picture of hubby and I right before the ballet-also, a side note: If you ever have the chance to visit the Strand Theater in Shreveport, La you should. It is absolutely gorgeous architecture!
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