View Poll Results: What is your favorite number from the Nutcracker?

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  • Overture

    1 1.72%
  • March

    0 0%
  • Grandfather Waltz

    1 1.72%
  • Scene (A Pine Forest in Winter)

    3 5.17%
  • Journey Through The Snow / Waltz of the Snowflakes

    6 10.34%
  • Chocolate (Spanish Dance)

    2 3.45%
  • Coffee (Arabian Dance)

    3 5.17%
  • Tea (Chinese Dance)

    2 3.45%
  • Candy Canes (Russian Dance)

    0 0%
  • Dance of the Mirlitons

    2 3.45%
  • Mother Ginger and the Polichinelles

    0 0%
  • Waltz of the Flowers

    15 25.86%
  • Pas de Deux

    12 20.69%
  • Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy

    5 8.62%
  • Final Waltz and Apotheosis

    6 10.34%
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    Quote Originally Posted by Speranza View Post
    Can't decide between the Russian dance and the Arabian. The dances/songs have such pretty names but does anyone know why they are named like that? I understand Candy Canes but why Tea and Coffee?

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    Well, China is renowned for its tea and Arabia (along with neighbouring Yemen) was probably the first nation to produce coffee as we know it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by elgars ghost View Post
    Well, China is renowned for its tea and Arabia (along with neighbouring Yemen) was probably the first nation to produce coffee as we know it.
    That's what i thought but still it doesn't seem as picturesque and/or christmassy as the others. I guess coffee/tea had more of an association with luxury back then so it would have felt more special like a sugar plum.

    I suppose the first chocolate europeans got hold of would have come via spain hance the dance name.

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    [QUOTE=Speranza;785453]That's what i thought but still it doesn't seem as picturesque and/or christmassy as the others. I guess coffee/tea had more of an association with luxury back then so it would have felt more special like a sugar plum.I suppose the first chocolate europeans got hold of would have come via spain hance the dance name.[/QUOTE]

    My apologies - I see what you mean and you're probably quite right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by elgars ghost View Post
    My apologies - I see what you mean and you're probably quite right.
    Don't apologise I was agreeing with you obviously not very clearly, sorry. I just thought the luxury bit might have been an aspect too it as well. I was also wondering if there was somthing else to it that I was missing like a russian tradition or something

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    In Vietnam they cut "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" on stage. I have no idea why it happens. It's my favourite track ever.

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    Toss up between the numbers...but ain't work! All of them! Please all of them! For Pyotr Ilyich's sake, this is the greatest ballet-score ever written
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    The Grand Pas de Deux. It's just sublime and Tchaikovsky's best pas de deux. Gorgeous melodies starting with the harp arpeggios and then the cellos take over.

    The mood of the GPDD is overtly and breathtakingly romantic which is a bit puzzling since there is no backstory of the Sugar Plum Fairy and her cavalier being in love. Marie and her Nutcracker prince are the love story, albeit a juvenile one. Maybe I'm biased towards the Balanchine production, but libretto-wise its a bit confusing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Celesta View Post
    The Grand Pas de Deux. It's just sublime and Tchaikovsky's best pas de deux. Gorgeous melodies starting with the harp arpeggios and then the cellos take over.

    The mood of the GPDD is overtly and breathtakingly romantic which is a bit puzzling since there is no backstory of the Sugar Plum Fairy and her cavalier being in love. Marie and her Nutcracker prince are the love story, albeit a juvenile one. Maybe I'm biased towards the Balanchine production, but libretto-wise its a bit confusing.
    Good point about the Sugar Plum Fairy. She’s not in the Hoffmann tale; one reason the ballet opened to bad reviews in 1892 was the libretto’s inconsistency with the original story.
    That said, her entrance in the second act always gives me goose bumps. I love the way she takes complete control of the show as if to say “I’m here. Don’t even THINK about watching anyone else.” As the bona fide ruler of the Land of Sweets, why shouldn’t she take a partner of her choice and entertain the happy couple? Works for me.
    I have to take issue with your statement about Tchaikovsky's pas de deux’s. I like Swan Lake’s better, although they are both magnificent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pyotr View Post
    I have to take issue with your statement about Tchaikovsky's pas de deux’s. I like Swan Lake’s better, although they are both magnificent.
    Absolutely true.
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    YEP, Waltz of the Snowflakes is beautiful! This Christmas I went to a performance that was not Balanchine, and was disappointed, but hopefully will be able to attend Miami City Ballet this Christmas and watch the Balachine Choreography. It is so beautiful, all of it! : )

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    I love the Grandfather Waltz.
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    I tried to vote for all of the sections but wasn't able to...

    The whole thing is just wonderful to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by elmago View Post
    YEP, Waltz of the Snowflakes is beautiful! This Christmas I went to a performance that was not Balanchine, and was disappointed, but hopefully will be able to attend Miami City Ballet this Christmas and watch the Balachine Choreography. It is so beautiful, all of it! : )
    I've only seen the Balanchine production and have always been interested in seeing another one, especially the Petipa version where adults dance all of the roles - there are no children.

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    The regicide............
    This space for rent.

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    The best part of Nutcracker is walking out of the theater when it's finally over!
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