Wednesday December 17, 2008 / 7:30pmKirov Ballet: The Nutcracker
How was your experience?
I enjoyed this production but agree with others that it was not flawless or near-flawless as one would hope from the Kirov. There was a certain hurried quality. Perhaps the size of the stage was an issue--ensembles looked crowded which highlighted lack of unison. Not enough focus was given over to individual performances, dramatic entrances, etc. as it seems the stage was always filled. The prima ballerina's emotional connection with the story was set well in the first act but as time progressed, her performance seemed to lack that emotive element. However, if you want to see a relatively high quality performance of the Nutcracker this is the best choice in LA for the season by far.