It’s an exciting day as tonight I go to see The Nutcracker ballet at the Royal Opera House!
I don’t think I’ve ever spoken about my love of the ballet on the blog before. I’m fairly new to it, having only been attending for just over 2 years but it has becomes a bit of an addiction!
There’s so much more to it than just dance; the technical skill, costumes, lighting, sets, music, atmosphere, it’s a whole experience. My knowledge of choreographers, names of steps, understanding of the music are fairly basic and I think this is where it is so easy to fall in love with ballet as it is about your own personal reaction to the dance and everyone takes something different away from it.
I have truly lost my heart to the ballet.
The Nutcracker is pure unadulterated sparkly festive magic! A Christmas tree, the Mouse King and brave toy soldiers, sparkly snowflakes whirling in a waltz, angels who float across the stage and the Land of Sweets where we meet the ageless and beautiful Sugar Plum Fairy all set to a wonderful score by Tchaikovsky. Did I mention glitter? So. much. glitter!
You don’t need to know anything about the ballet to enjoy it, just go, leave your adult worries at the door and indulge yourself! We don’t get many opportunites to do this, so make the most of it.
The Nutcracker at the ROH is sold out for this season but there are cinema screenings across the country this Thursday evening. Take a look at the ROH website for some excellent resources and a dedicated YouTube channel where you can read and see more about their ballet and opera productions plus take a peek behind the scenes at rehersals and interviews with cast and crew. There’s some brilliant video of The Nutcracker in action and rehersal.
I’ve got goosebumps already!