Review: The Nutcracker @ St David's Hall
Christmas is in the air with this resplendent ballet. The Russian State Ballet of Siberia return once more to our fair city. The Nutcracker is always first as the build up to Christmas looms over us.
With the stupendous music by Tchaikovsky, this is a firm favourite of mine in ballet and delights the young and old. With its instantly recognisable tunes, the music alone is enough to sweep you off your feet into the dream land of ballet.
I’ll take my synopsis from last year’s review since it was clear and precise:
‘‘The story is simple. Marie, a young girl, is given a nutcracker for Christmas. It comes alive and a great journey begins with the both of them under siege by the evil Mouse King and his minions. Characters from different countries join in from Spain, China, Russia and Arabia.’’
The dancers' focus and drive remain inspirational. You do wonder how many hours they train a day to remain so fit and agile. The female dancer for the seductive Arabian dance hardly had a waist and was able to jerk her leg all the way up to her head (or as Karl Pilkington coined it ‘kicking your height’). With a minor slip up in the chipper Chinese Dance, this was still a flawless evening. Its very entrancing experience keeps you sucked in to its glorious, child-like charm. Certainly something which can’t be said for all ballets.
Last year I took my niece to see this but we missed most of the first part. So it was delight to see, a year later, just what I missed. It may be strange not to have any speech in ballet (as a frequent play and opera goer); I still felt the evening ended sooner than I expected.
This is one of my shorter reviews, so I guess that’s a good thing!
See this now to make this Xmas an extra special one.