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Author:  kurinuku [ Sat Dec 04, 2004 2:13 am ]
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Downsized `Nutcracker' entrances at Colonial

Boston Herald
December 04, 2004

What a difference a stage makes. For years, Boston Ballet's spectacular production of "The Nutcracker" dazzled at the spacious Wang Theatre.
This year's new version, tailor-made to the more intimate specifications of the Colonial Theatre, does something better: It touches the heart.

Author:  ncgnet [ Thu Dec 09, 2004 9:14 am ]
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The second part of this Boston Phoenix article by Jeffrey Gantz is about Boston Ballet's Nutcracker: Snow job; growing pains - The Rockettes at the Wang, The Nutcracker at the Colonial
OVER AT THE COLONIAL THEATRE, meanwhile, Boston Ballet is making the best of this year’s smaller stage, smaller orchestra pit, and smaller audiences by giving us new sets, new costumes, new lighting, and new choreography and promising a more coherent story line.
Marcia Siegel also reviews Nutcracker for the Phoenix: Festive nights - The Nutcracker at the Colonial
.... . Boston Ballet turned the loss of its usual venue at the Wang Theatre into an opportunity when it moved its Nutcracker into the smaller Colonial for this holiday season. .... Not only has the ballet been redesigned, it’s been tightened and streamlined theatrically. The results are mixed, but for me the size of the theater was a tremendous asset to the company. The work actually seemed more spacious than it was before.

Author:  S. E. Arnold [ Mon Dec 13, 2004 9:31 am ]
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Review: Boston Ballet, The Nutcracker, Colonial Theatre, Boston, Saturday, Decmber 11.

As breathtaking as a moonlit winter evening, the Boston Ballet’s new Nutcracker, choreographed by Mikko Nissinen, yet banished winter’s chill and welcomed viewers into its well lit world.

Features traditional to this holiday favorite, such as the 19th century setting of a Christmas party in the Silberhaus household, the characters of Clara, Fritz, Drosselmeier, Mouse King, et al, and the pretext of a young person’s dream still inform Nissinen’s Nutcracker. But, its abundance of dancing, humor, and production values that were driven by a dreamer’s indifference to scale, time, and Newtonian mechanics blended to create a brisk and lighter Nutcracker.

The excitement inherent, for example, in the steady use of petite allegro, the jumps that signature Prodigal Son and La Sylphide, and the rolling rhythms of entrances and exits that continuously varied or exchanged the number of dancers on stage begot liveliness. Additionally, the studied avoidance of show stopping bravura lifts on moments where the music and tradition seem to solicit them kept the momentum of this Nutcracker brisk. This stance toward the music freed, for example,the wind swept snow scene from encumbering drifts.

Yet, the Act II divertissement, such as in Tea, Russian, the Waltz of the Flowers, and the Sugar pas provided the ‘turn counters’ in the audience opportunities to exercise their want. Always restrained, however, save for the trio of dancers performing Russian, the spectacular a la second or fouette turns preformed in Tea or by the Dew Drop Friary or the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier nevertheless ended before their art became an act.

This choreographic sense of scale and proportion, however, contrasted neatly with the gigantic snowflakes that hung (two of them spinning!) from the flies or the Christmas tree that grew so large that it consumed the full depth and breadth of the fly space. And, if the colossal size of the tree and snowflakes, for example, reflect the fancy of Clara’s dream, what was one to make of the oversize ante-room doors- doors with fixtures so high that even the Governess to Clara and Fritz would have to stretch up to reach them? Practically, one thinks that the scale of the doors and its fixtures meant to reflect the world as seen from a wide-awake young person’s point of view. Imaginatively, however, one takes the size of the door along with Clara’s Alice in Wonderland look alike costume, Drosselmeier’s White Rabbit-like obsession with time (his workshop is a transparent timepiece complete with moving gears), and the sudden disappearance of the whole ante-room, which instantly drew the party scene guests, and the audience, into the Silberhaus parlor, to hint that all of this Nutcracker is a marvelous dream.

And marvelous too was the young dancer in the Saturday evening performance, who weighted by her mouse costume nevertheless spun in the air on a turn in the music every time with an ease and authority that betrayed her age. In fact, whether it was the youngest of students or an ‘old hand’ in ballet, both the matinee and evening casts shined so bright that only one’s age said that it was night.

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Author:  ncgnet [ Thu Dec 23, 2004 9:24 am ]
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From Theodore Bale in the Boston Herald: Designer leaps for ‘Nutcracker’
When set designer Walt Spangler was a kid, he thought the 8-foot-high trees his parents brought home at Christmas looked enormous inside their living room .... The memory has served him well in his current role as set designer for Boston Ballet’s new production of “The Nutcracker” at the Colonial Theatre. “I wanted that kind of feeling, from the viewpoint of a child, where everything looks huge,” he said.

Author:  Jack7911 [ Fri Dec 09, 2005 5:38 am ]
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ncgnet wrote:
From the Boston Globe:

I am you humble slave and would be honoured if you could tell me how you did that?

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