December 29, 2014

A Traditional Christmas Performance Continues to Thrill Spectators

The Nutcracker. A performance that evokes feelings of nostalgia for generations old and new. This two-act ballet, originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, continues to thrill spectators with stunning imagery, lavish sets, and charming ballads.

Ben Stevenson's production of The Nutcracker has entertained children and their parents for more than 25 years. The ballet offers many reason to keep coming back: the giant Christmas tree, the dancing dolls, Mother Ginger and her adorable clowns, and the iconic musical score by Pyotr IIyich Tchaikovsky.

The play has enjoyed enormous popularity since the late 1960s and is now performed by countless ballet companies. Among other things, the score is noted for its use of the celesta, an instrument that Tchaikovsky had already employed in his much lesser known symphonic ballad, The Voyavoda.

This remarkable ballet took place at the Wortham Theater Center in downtown Houston from December 26th–28th. If you have never seen it before, be sure to journey with Clara next year as she dances on the arm of the Nutcracker Prince to the stunning Land of Snow and the delectable Kingdom of Sweets!