Rita Hand’s Event Journal

Russian nutcracker 2 9201
Sunday December 15, 2013 / 7:00pm
Great Russian Nutcracker
4 tickets
Price Level 3 (Floor/Mezzanine)

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Went with high expectations for the performance, however several factors played into making this not the best overall experience for me. First and foremost was the venue. At one time the Wiltern was quite a nice theater, in recent years utilized as a concert venue has certainly made it inappropriate for the ballet, from the onset,having everyone lined up to be search at the expected time the ballet was started seemed very strange, then to arrive to be greeted by refreshment stands with popcorn strewn throughout the theatre compounded the weirdness. The seats were awful, simple straight back chairs and not graduated. Therefore having 3 tall people in the front row of the section made it impossible to see. The production itself was fair sets very simple backdrops and unimpressive. The costuming good. As to the performance itself the dancers technique was very good but the cast seemed unengaged , not light on their feet and the lifts need work. Having recently seen Mathew Bourne's company comparatively speaking this performance left a lot to be desired.