Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Nutcracker in #Toronto

Holiday traditions include indoor trees, festive decorations and Christmas shows like the Nutcracker, which is apparently a ball busting good time. From December 10, 2011 to January 3, 2012 The National Ballet of Canada and TD present The Nutcracker at the Four Seasons Centre at 145 Queen Street West in Toronto. I found the advertising poster on a Bay Street TTC bus stop. I haven't seen the show, ever, and I wonder if they have dancing bears.
I also always think of those wooden soldiers when I think of this show, the original ones could actually crack a nut but I don't know if the ones they make now would function or if they are just for show now.
Their website suggest that you "Follow the quarrelling siblings Misha and Marie as they move not just through marvellous and extraordinary experiences but through surprising phases of understanding as they prepare to leave childhood behind and enter the very different world of adolescence.
The costumes and sets by Santo Loquasto themselves cast a spell, evoking an enchanted, rustic world of long-gone Imperial Russia, a place where folk rituals and the cycles of nature make way for the magical, ice-coated world of the Snow Queen and the spectacular beauty of the golden palace of the Sugar Plum Fairy. The entire production, underscored by Tchaikovsky's glorious, timeless music, is like rediscovering a beloved heirloom and seeing it as though for the first time."

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