It's a much loved ballet

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REVIEW: The Moscow Ballet ''La Classique'' The Nutcracker

Where: Civic Theatre

When: May 6

Reviewer: Gwyneth Hyndman

A Christmas-themed ballet was a perfect outing on a cold winter evening in Invercargill, as dancers from the Moscow Ballet performed The Nutcracker on the Civic Theatre stage last night.

Backed by one of the most familiar compositions of the Romantic Period, the music by Russian composer Peter Tchaikovskynts would have brought back warm memories for parents who brought their children to their first experience of seeing the dreams of ''young Clara'' coming to life.

For others (like me) it would have brought back memories of being bundled up and taken to the popular winter production as a child, and treated to a peppermint hot cocoa at an all-night dinner with the cousins afterwards to discuss the night's highlights.

From dancing snowflake maidens, to a toy nutcracker being transformed into a handsome prince, to a dance through an enchanted Land of Sweets where one is greeted by the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Moscow Ballet had all the child-friendly pleasures I remembered, even down to the falling snow.

The Mouse King was fearsome up until his death, the costumes were imaginative and the set - which had travelled all the way from Russia with the company - was well conceived, right down to the lively fireplace and gigantic Christmas tree.

The dancing would have been inspiring for young ones in the audience, especially those who aspired to one day dance the part of the Sugar Plum Fairy (isn't this every young dancer's dream?).  

A well-performed, accessible production of a much-loved classic ballet.

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- The Southland Times

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