Tchaikovsky's Ballet The Nutcracker with Aeralists, Singers and Magic
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The last date listed for The Nutcracker was Sunday December 9, 2007 / 7:00pm.
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Los Angeles' Herencia Flamenca has earned a reputation as one of the West Coast's leading flamenco ensembles, blending a respect for the roots of flamenco with innovative style. The company puts on a show with performers representing flamenco traditions from across Spain, including two very talented and very different dancers originally from Barcelona: company co-founder Yolanda Arroyo and veteran performer Dolores Gimenez, making her U.S. debut after decades of success as a dancer and choreographer in Spain. The company's other co-founder, guitarist Paco Arroyo, hails from Cordoba, while guitarist Vicente Gelo comes from Seville, and singer Sonia Berbel and guitarist Fernando Mejias were both born in Madrid. All these and more will unite for a show that embodies the soul of flamenco, both elegant and explosive. Learn More
Reviews & Ratings
Featured review from Reiss DuPlessis
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I've seen lots of productions of The Nutcracker in my day, from Anthony Dowell as the Prince to and older Mr.Dowell with his fantastic blue cape as Drosselmyer. Most of them were fun, entertaining and, often, good ballet. This production, at the Alex, was holiday eye candy.... entertaining and fun! Drosselmeyer... an active and performing magician.. fun idea. His magic tricks had some audience members oohing and aahhing in delight... interestingly, not all of them kids! The adults were having fun too! This was a very colorful production with very nice costumes. It was theatrical and that theatrical tone took a fascinating turn when the Arabian dance was more than a dance: The audience was treated to two golden aerialists, a la Le Cirque, doing thrilling maneuvers from bright red fabric hung from the rafters of the stage. The two ballet dancers who danced the Arabian dance, were also clad in red and gold and danced beautifully as the aerialists performed. A red and gold feast for the eyes! Nice touch!
The recorded music was not a distraction indeed, the contrary was true... the sound system was good and the volume was perfect, especially in the Grand Pas de Deux when Tchaikovsky's glorious music lifted us from our seats.
This company may not have had a Nureyev, Fonteyn or Dowell on stage, but they are a young and very promising company... one worth watching. I look forward to future offerings.
We went to the Alex to be entertained and we were! Bravo!
Out Goldstar seats were, as usual, very good! Thanks!
Quotes & Highlights
“Best Bet” —Daily News
“Recommended!” —LA Weekly
“The ambitious troupe has much to be proud of.” —Los Angeles Times
Media City Ballet presents a lavish new production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, featuring award-winning dancers, dazzling magical illusions and special effects by guest artist Craig Dickens. Aerialists performing daring feats, and singers from the Taft High School Vocal Ensemble, under the direction of Tom Pease, further embellish the fantasy.
Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet is about a young girl, Clara, who is given a Nutcracker for Christmas by her godfather, Herr Drosselmeyer. But this is no ordinary Nutcracker, as Clara learns that very night. After a great battle with the Mouse King, the Nutcracker turns into a Prince. He takes Clara on a magical journey through the Land of the Snow to the Kingdom of the Sweets, where the Sugar Plum Fairy honors the couple with entertainment from around the world.
Music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreography and direction by Media City Ballet Artistic Director Natasha Middleton
Produced by award-winning television and theatre actress Elmarie Wendel