Sunday, December 07, 2008

Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker

We took the children to see Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker at Central Connecticut State University, a grand time was had by all.
This wasn't the Kirov, Bolshoi or Royal Ballet as seen here. It was a local ballet company. I am far from an expert on ballet or anything else for that matter, but some of the dancing wasn't too different than Marty's dance quintet. Other dancing was quite impressive. It seems that as a culture we are, in some cases, far too well fed to be prancing around in leotards.
The music, performed live was outstanding as always. It never ceases to amaze me how much effort people make merely for the sake of aesthetics. Even in this local production, more or less designed for the consumption of bumpkins like me and their offspring who attend only one ballet a year, represented thousands of hours of study and hard work. Well done.

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