Enchanting yule-tide tale brings delight
The Nutcracker The Imperial Russian Ballet Company Artistic director/choreography Gediminas Taranda Regent on Broadway, Palmerston North Wednesday, November 9
Rapturous applause greeted the finale of The Nutcracker ballet in all its splendid pageantry.
During this early Christmas present from The Imperial Russian Ballet Company, the audience had been treated to breathtaking dancing from principals Lina Seveliova as Clara, and Nariman Bekzhanov as the Nutcracker Prince.
In a variation on the original yule-tide story, the couple also performed the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Cavalier for the second act showcase pas de deux with its bravura pirouettes, lifts and catches.
The Nutcracker is a multi-layered ballet that boasted flamboyance and broad characterisation coupled with more cultivated moments.
With elegant costumes and sets, some impressive dance slapstick from Drosselmeyer’s dolls, and the 40-strong troupe of local child dancers from the Maureen Ax School of Dance performing as Christmas party children, soldiers, wonderfully costumed mice, angels, and trumpet playing gnomes, plus a mellifluous Dougal Stevenson voice-over, this effervescent production really couldn’t miss.
The children, their first onstage rehearsal with the company taking place that afternoon, took the heady occasion and the late night performance in their stride, doing themselves, their dance teachers and shepherding company members, proud.
Their presence added immeasurably to the colour, flavour and vitality of the piece.
Bright, light and spirited, this was a real preChristmas cracker.
Nariman Bekzhanov as the Nutcracker Prince with Lina Seveliova as Clara during the Imperial Russian Ballet Company production of The Nutcracker.