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Nutcracker’s Final Pirouette: Last Chance to Leap into Montreal’s Ballet Extravaganza

Nutcracker’s Final Pirouette: Last Chance to Leap into Montreal’s Ballet Extravaganza

The Nutcracker

Curtain Call for Season’s Sensation, The Nutcracker!

The Nutcracker - 2023 -Photo: Sasha Onyshchenko
Dry ice, was a great way to add a dreamlike extra wintry magic to the set!

As the Montreal nights shimmer with festive lights, the Grand Ballet’s 2023 rendition of “The Nutcracker” is making its final grand jeté across the stage. Until Dec 30th, you can STILL grab tickets to see this winter wonderland to Tchaikovsky’s classic score. This isn’t just a ballet; it’s a cultural whirlwind, where Tchaikovsky’s timeless symphony meets an artistic tempest of dance and drama. With the final week upon us, the air is thick with a ‘now or never’ vibe. This production, steeped in the rich narrative of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic, is a feast for the soul, served with a side of intellectual charm. Imagine a Christmas Eve where dreams pirouette into reality, and you’re halfway to grasping the magic of this ballet…

The Nutcracker - 2023 -Photo: Sasha Onyshchenko
The Nutcracker – 2023 -Photo: Sasha Onyshchenko

Did we REALLY need to cancel the Chinese Tea dance?
I have a long history with The Nutcracker. I took ballet as a child and my parents took us to the ballet every year. In the heart of Montreal’s cultural district, this year’s “Nutcracker” is a ballet reborn. It’s a dance of elegance with an edge, a choreographic masterpiece that weaves tradition with a fresh, modern thread. My only complaint is the loss of the Chinese Tea dance as of 2017. Here below at City Ballet in NYC, we can undertand why the Fu Manchu moustache, rice paddy hat, geisha wigs and make up paint a rather stereotypical charicature of Chinese dancers. But why can’t this classic scene simply be re-imagined instead of cancelled? Especially that the musical score for it, is so enjoyable.

The old look at City Ballet, in 2015, with its pointy fingers, rice paddy hat and Fu Manchu mustache for the man and geisha wigs for the women. From left, Mr. Ippolito, Claire Von Enck and Baily Jones.Credit...Andrea Mohin/The New York Times
The old look at City Ballet, in 2015, with its pointy fingers, rice paddy hat and Fu Manchu mustache for the man and geisha wigs for the women. From left, Mr. Ippolito, Claire Von Enck and Baily Jones. Credit: Andrea Mohin/The New York Times

Cultural appreciation can be about simply thinking outside of the box, rather than getting rid of the box. Below you can see the last time The Grand Ballet had the Chinese Tea Dance. There are many ways that we could simply adapt the scene like we did with the “Harem” scene of the Arabian nights interlude. For those who simply think playing Chinese people by non Chinese people IS too racist, well I doubt all the Arabian dancers in the scene are from Saudi Arabia (if any).

An Artistic Alchemy for the Avid and the Amateur

For those who savor the finer things in life, this “Nutcracker” is a goldmine. Tchaikovsky’s score isn’t just music; it’s the heartbeat of the show, with each crescendo and cadence painting the air with emotion. The set and costume design are a visual symphony, echoing the ballet’s historical roots while flirting with contemporary flair. The lighting? Nothing short of theatrical alchemy. It’s a ballet that beckons the avid and the amateur, promising a night where artistry and entertainment collide in spectacular fashion.

The Nutcracker - 2023 -Photo: Sasha Onyshchenko - Dancer: Anya Nesvitaylo
The true magic of ballet is the illusion of weighlessness and flight. Something danver: Anya Nesvitalyo has mastered very well!

Grab Your Tickets: This Dance Won’t Wait

As the final performances pirouette into view, the window to witness this spectacle is closing fast. Montreal’s Grand Ballet bids adieu to “The Nutcracker” for 2023 with performances from:

UNTIL DEC 30TH, 2023 AT 2 P.M. AND 7:30 P.M.
AT SALLE WILFRID-PELLETIER, PLACE DES ARTS

This is your last call to dive into this cultural whirlpool. Tickets are up for grabs HERE offering a seat for every taste and budget. Whether you’re a die-hard ballet fan or just looking for a night out that’s a cut above the rest, this is an experience that promises to dazzle and delight!

The Nutcracker - 2023 -Photo: Sasha Onyshchenko
The Nutcracker – 2023 -Photo: Sasha Onyshchenko

In wrapping up, the Grand Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” 2023 is more than a performance; it’s a cultural crescendo, a final bow to a season of artistic brilliance. As the curtain falls on this year’s run, don’t miss your chance to be part of a spectacle that’s as intellectually enriching as it is visually stunning. Grab your tickets, step into the ballet’s enchanting world, and let the final dance begin! The Nutcracker is a great way to say goodbye Christmas time and our favorite holiday season.

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