When you hear the words “Russian Ballet”, the first image which comes to mind is that of exceptional talent and that is what ballet lovers in South African can see in the
Imperial Russian Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker.
The talent and personality of all the outstanding dancers, who come from the best Ballet Schools in Russia, are highly respected and each dancer of the troupe had a chance to show off his/her talent and creative potential.
What made this performance even more special, is, apart form having Christmas in July, the audience also had the opportunity of seeing young children from SABT development programme in Soweto and Alexandra as well as students from the Russian Ballet and Dance Academy taking part. Work of a high standard was shown. What a wonderful opportunity for these young dancers to be exposed to a professional dance environment and to be part of this Russian Ballet company’s performance!
It was heart warming to hear and see parents of the young dancers attending the performance. They were so proud - Whether their child attended the Christmas party, marched as a little soldier or did tiny and fast running steps across the stage dressed like a mouse.
In Act I, although the music was rather loud in the beginning, everybody thoroughly enjoyed the party. It was a lively performance, complete with a puppet show and almost life-size nutcracker doll, elaborate and interesting costumes, fancy stage props, and lovely backdrops. The living dolls delighted all, followed by an entertaining escapade of little dancing mice, brave tinware soldiers and a sword fight between the Nutcracker and the Mouse King.
In Act II, Clara and Prince travel through a wonderful magic kingdom. The Spanish, Chinese, Russian and Arabian dances were stunning and the highlight of the evening was definitely the Sugar Plum Fairy pas de deux.
This is a ballet for the whole family and a great way to enjoy the magic of Christmas in July.
Be sure to buy tickets for the Edouard Miasnikov’s presentation of The Nutcracker to be performed by the Imperial Russian Ballet in the Eastern Cape, Western Cape and Kwazulu Natal, South Africa. In East London, the company will be joined by students of the Heather Cooper School of Ballet and in Port Elizabeth by the Walmer Ballet School. In Cape Town the students of the Cape Junior Ballet Company will have the opportunity to dance with the Russians and in Durban, the students of the Minette de Klerk Dance Company.
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