The 1st review
is in for the NBoC’s Nut!
Heather Ogden is a flawless Snow Queen, smoothly manipulated around the Land of Snow by her two Icicles, Noah Long and Aarik Wells. The Snow Maidens make a stunning display, reminiscent of a scene from a Balanchine ballet with precise and ethereal movement, as evanescent as, well, snowflakes.
a little with the above:
The Snow Queen (the lovely Tanya Howard) greets Misha and Marie supported by her two icicles (Keeichi Hirano and Avinoam Silverman). Once again, Kudelka reaches into his antique toy chest to play a little spin top unfurling a plethora of Spintastics Blizzards to whip up a swirling storm of snowflakes! Musical notes flow from Tanya Howard as she bourées across the stage and delivers one perfect mini jeté after another, her arms most expressive throughout. At one point she’s whisked off the stage in a spellbinding upside down lift. Here’s where I turn into a bit of a Grinch Critic. Kudelka’s Snow Scene lacks a grand finish. I missed the ultimate pièce de résistance of Balanchine’s ballerinas-pom-pom snow wands in hand-as the stage twinkles with heaven sent snow flakes.
* For my next post I’m moving into National Ballet of Canada Winter 2008, even though technically winter does not officially commence until December 21!