|The Nutcracker - National Ballet Theater of Odessa|
While in Toronto Canada a few weeks back, I had the pleasure of seeing the Nutcracker Ballet. I am embarrassed to say this was my first time seeing the Nutcracker and I was blown away. First the story, then the dancing and then the familiar music by Tchaikovsky. Plus the graceful women on their toes. The performance was in the Burlington Performing Arts Centre. Here is a description of the performance from the National Ballet Theater of Odessa’s site:
The Nutcracker, a perennial holiday favorite, takes us on an enchanting adventure through a little girl’s fantasy world of fairies, princes, toy soldiers, and an army of mice. Be transported by this stunning full-scale production, with Tchaikovsky's wondrous score, choreography by world-renowned Marius Petipa, and 40 Ukrainian ballet stars in glorious costumes.This presentation is a part of this highly esteemed company’s first U.S. tour! Led by Elena Baranovskaya, former dancer at the Bolshoi Ballet, Mariinsky, and the Perm State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, The National Ballet Theater of Odessa is a national treasure in residence at the grand Odessa Opera and Ballet Theatre.
The old adage that “Everything is beautiful at the Ballet” was true for that evening. Arriving early wearing black dress pants, an off-the-shoulder black sweater top and high heel boots I felt right at home. Even at elegant events here in Florida, many dress casually (tropically), however, that was not the case this evening. Many of the ladies wore dressy cocktail dresses or elegant pant-suits with heels. I have never felt dressed more appropriately for an evening. I did receive compliments on the outfit and love it when that happens.
There were many children there for the evening and yes, the little girls wore their best holiday dresses.
I wandered the lobby before the performance and during the intermission admiring a large group of Christmas trees decorated as fundraising, auction items. The theater is very nice and well apportioned. Perfect for seeing this beautiful seasonal special. I now understand why this is such a favorite, year-after-year.
The whole evening made me feel elegant and seasonally aware. A very special time.