Last week, my daughter and I were in a production of The Nutcracker at The Joffrey Ballet School. Before the show she cried because she wanted to be onstage NOW. After her part was done she cried because she wanted to go back on stage NOW.
"Christmas is weird. What other time of year do you sit around a dead tree and eat candy out of your socks?" This got me thinking about how bizarre many hallowed Christmas traditions are, perhaps none more so than The Nutcracker.
When American Ballet Theatre soloist Isabella Boylston is taking part in the company's new Dancer Exchange Program which has her performing in Copenhagen with the Royal Danish Ballet. She kindly consented to answer a few questions about her experience there.
Eschewing the cast of thousands, the grandeur of an opera house, and of Christmas trees that inflate to skyscraper height, this streamlined retelling of the Nutcracker glories in the virtues of economy and wit.
I highly encourage arts organizations across the world to look into how a commitment to social media (and it is a commitment!) and thinking creatively can help raise the profile of your organization and sustain your base of support throughout the year!
An annual dream. The holiday season. Presents bought and wrapped, trees decorated, houses lit. What better time, then, for the Long Beach Ballet to perform a visionary Nutcracker, their 30th production of the holiday classic?
With American ballet company directors and boards lamenting the low status of ballet in the minds of the general public, what would happen if our ballet companies offered more options during the holiday season? How did we get ourselves trapped in a can of Nuts?
The average person will cringe at the sight of Christmas merchandise hitting the shelves and complain about the early onset of the season. For us it has been going on a while now. Yes, before Halloween, Nutcracker gets started.
My date and I decided on Po, the small West Villager best known as one of the first eateries where Mario Batali got his start. We got there early. But by the time we were done, the line was out the door.