I've seen The Nutcracker twice - both times when I lived in Sacramento, California. In fact, it's the only ballet I've ever attended. The music, the dancing, the lavish costumes, the set backdrop ~ I was transfixed ~ like a child (even though I was well into my forties at the time!) My favorite scene? When Clara arrives in the enchanted forest in The Land of Snow and the snowflakes turn into dancing maidens. It was magical!
The Nutcracker is a fairytale that takes place on Christmas Eve. The young girl, Clara, receives a Nutcracker doll from her godfather. When she falls asleep, she dreams of a battle between the Nutcracker and the evil Mouse King. The Nutcracker triumphs, and takes Clara on a magical trip through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets where several dances are performed in her honor. The different dancers costumes' represent the sweets they bring from their countries:
Chocolate from Spain
Coffee from Arabia
Tea from China
Marzipan from Denmark
Sugar candy or candy canes from Russia
Mother Ginger from Jamaica
The Waltz of Candied Flowers from Germany
All Photos Courtesy: Wikipedia Images
Have you seen The Nutcracker? Do you have any special memories of it, or a favorite scene you'd like to share?
Until next time,
Linking to Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound!