This past weekend, our family went to see the Nutcracker, presented by the American Ballet Theater. For years, we have attempted to establish attending the Nutcracker as a family ritual, although my seven year-old son would rather be elsewhere.
The production was unique and brilliantly choreographed by Artistic Director Alexei Ratmansky, an artist known for his satire, drama, poetry and storytelling. It was a theatrical production of the Nutcracker, unlike any other we've ever seen.
When the first curtain rises, the scene is set in the kitchen. A small mouse catches your eye as he moves about under the table, enjoying his time in the kitchen. The mouse startles the house staff, and a whimsical pursuit ensues as he escapes the room.
Ratmansky follows the framework of the Nutcracker story, and enhances it with adding scenes filled with the magic of Clara's godfather Drosselmayer the toymaker, and fanciful interpretations of the beloved Land of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the dances from around the world. Throughout the production, we were completely enraptured in Clara's dream.
That is, except my son. The first act was of some interest to him-he liked the boys teasing the girls and the battle of the Nutcracker- which was entertaining for all. Act Two in the Land of the Sugar Plum Fairy was another story. But I have to admit, my son is resourceful, patient and observes his yoga practice on a daily basis. To remain calm for the remainder of the 119 minute production - he used his meditative practice and counted the snowflakes that "mistakenly" fell during the global dances in honor of Clara. He counted 57.
Even our kids can practice yoga anywhere.
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