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    Default The Nutcracker

    A ballet that I have seen.
    Doch dieses Wörtlein: und, -wär' es zerstört,
    wie anders als mit Isoldes eignem Leben wär' Tristan der Tod gegeben?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Couchie View Post
    A ballet that I have seen.
    Who performed? Where was it? How did you like it?

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    Listening to the Nutcracker is like indulging in a ice cream sundae.

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    And my favourite flavour of ice-cream is .... *Chinese*.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neoshredder View Post
    Listening to the Nutcracker is like indulging in a ice cream sundae.
    More like Christmas treats. It's generally seen in the UK as something slightly more upmarket than panto for the Christmas season.
    Music begins where words leave off. Music expresses the inexpressible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taggart View Post
    More like Christmas treats. It's generally seen in the UK as something slightly more upmarket than panto for the Christmas season.
    Ice cream sundae is perfect for Christmas in Australia......

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    Quote Originally Posted by ComposerOfAvantGarde View Post
    Who performed? Where was it? How did you like it?
    Alberta Ballet / Calgary / It was OK.
    Doch dieses Wörtlein: und, -wär' es zerstört,
    wie anders als mit Isoldes eignem Leben wär' Tristan der Tod gegeben?

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    Ballet is the only art form (as far as I can think of) that's completely dominated by a single work. That's the Nutcracker. It's not even my favorite of Tchaikovsky's ballets...I prefer Swan Lake, actually. Not to mention all the other great ballets out there.

    Is the Nutcracker overrated? You bet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Couchie View Post
    Alberta Ballet / Calgary / It was OK.
    Aw, c'mon, didn't you feel a bit regressed into childhood -- not out of sentiment -- due to the nature of the story, i.e. kids, Christmas, phantasms imagined coming to life?

    Or are you the one who does not get why people move around and wave their limbs so to music? :-)

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    Surely ballet *isn't* dominated by a single work? If you asked someone in the street to name a ballet, as many people would name Swan Lake as Nutcracker? And people might also know The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Coppélia - though my computer spell check doesn't; it thinks I mean 'copperplate'!
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    I like The Nutcracker but it's not in my list of favorite ballets. My favorite ballet from Tchaikovsky is The Sleeping Beauty. I like how The Nutcracker Suite works in the film Fantasia though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ingenue View Post
    Surely ballet *isn't* dominated by a single work? If you asked someone in the street to name a ballet, as many people would name Swan Lake as Nutcracker? And people might also know The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Coppélia - though my computer spell check doesn't; it thinks I mean 'copperplate'!
    Les Sylphides / Romeo and Juliet (Prokofiev) are also staples even those who just occasionally go to the ballet know of.

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    I think it's one of the greatest works ever written.
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    depends on which company performing it.


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    You all know that the Nutcracker is universally the most hated by dancers?

    Two reasons: 1- the wooden prince, who, like most male roles in a classic ballet, is used mainly as a prop to hold up or lift the female, but in Nutcracker it's worse than most. 2- it's performed to absolute death. Almost every ballet company uses Nutcracker for their Christmas program to raise funds, which generally constitute over 1/2 of the operating budget of an entire season. It's popular because of the costumes and cute animal dances and variation of the celebration (which is about 85% of the ballet anyway) but it becomes old quickly.

    The only equivalent is where classical choral groups perform Messiah either Christmas or Easter (I've sung in Messiah about 20 times) but at least the music is immortal, whereas Nutcracker isn't Tchaikovsky's best by a long shot.
    Last edited by katdad; Aug-13-2013 at 05:34.

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