But even with rules in firm effect, a performance still relies on artistry and luck. The Nutcracker plays at State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne until 28 September 2019. Masks, contactless dancing, and no over-70s: can a socially distanced Strictly work? Although we do not pre-screen comments, we reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable to us, and to disclose any information necessary to satisfy the law, regulation, or government request. 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We urge you to turn off your ad blocker for The Telegraph website so that you can continue to access our quality content in the future. Live from Covent Garden review, Royal Opera House: moving, yes, but not a showy gown in sight. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Jon Buswell’s lighting design (based on David Finn’s original design) is a key aspect of the visual wizardry, with moments of dark as important as light. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. All in all, just right. Lucky us: Conti and Sargsyan are stellar here, in perhaps the best “Arabian” ever seen on Southland stages. LAB retains Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s colorful score, though moving some dances around and deleting others. For another, in Act II, we are spared the familiar and curiously dispiriting sight of Clara and the Nutcracker (aka Hans-Peter) sitting as politely and inertly as the audience as they watch the various divertissements play out. In that enduring peculiarity of this ballet, the pair of characters you see most of (Clara and Hans-Peter) are often performed by soloists and first soloists, whereas it’s the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince who, despite not coming on until almost three-quarters of the way in, are almost invariably danced by principals. Who was 'horribly wooden'? Tagged as: Ako Kondo, Brett Chynoweth, The Australian Ballet. Elsewhere, plaudits to Melissa Hamilton’s eye-wideningly seductive Arabian, two muscular Russians (Paul Kay and Kevin Emerton), and a Chinese duo (Luca Acri and Leo Dixon) who generally made up for in buoyancy what they lacked in unity. Praise too for the boys’ and girls’ corps (especially a ravishing quartet of Leading Flowers), to the young Royal Ballet School students in Act I, and also to the house orchestra under Barry Wordsworth, which made fine work of Tchaikovsky’s sparkling score. One can only hope this lucky twist of fate will continue in LAB’s 15th production. Change ). Among the holiday season’s many happy tidings is the arrival of The Washington Ballet’s annual production of “The Nutcracker,” staged to beautiful perfection in the gilded loveliness of Warner Theatre. With as lavish a staging as can be seen in any genre of performing arts in Australia, John F Macfarlane’s design for this Peter Wright production is as much a work of art as the dance or as Tchaikovsky’s hit-parade score. The trick is to make each couple strong in itself but also suitably different from the other, and on Monday night this contrast came off very well indeed. Find out more, The Telegraph values your comments but kindly requests all posts are on topic, constructive and respectful. As Drosselmeyer (the lead character and chief motor of this production), he hustled the story forward with elegance, authority and flamboyance, conjured with the brio of the late Paul Daniels, and made the central narrative thread really rather stirring. In rep until Jan 15. Several moments of dancing in complete unison, when even the petals of the skirts floated uniformly, made for a memorable “Waltz.”. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. You need to be a subscriber to join the conversation. We might permanently block any user who abuses these conditions. LAB’s version, in its 14th year, choreographed by Thordal Christensen and Colleen Neary, uses most of the original story, choreographed in 1892 by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov. Equally traditionally, the ballet has become a canvas for choreographers to create their own versions. Los Angeles Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” hews to this ballet’s cherished traditions, mostly. Her little brother Fritz (Zachary Li) is obnoxious. ( Log Out /  Read the Melbourne casting for The Nutcracker. Yuumi Yamada fills Clara with girlish wonder, nicely conveying with a sincere sense of naïveté. There’s one more example of luck and practice. This variation can be a slog. And thus luck joined with artistry, in one of those moments those who love dance will talk about for years to come. Act two sees a riotous collage of symbols hanging overhead, while outsized abstract floral images slowly scroll into place on the rear wall. Why do other countries value culture so much more than Britain? The Nutcracker plays at State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne until 28 September 2019. by Ed Rampell. Crisp storytelling serves to highlight the expressive nature of Tchaikovsky’s score, heard in excellent form at this performance. 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