To practice what I preach, I went to the ballet on Monday night with a frield to see Sir Peter Wright's The Nutcracker. You really don't need to be a lover of the arts or the ballet to enjoy this wonderful, traditional narrative.
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I was completely charmed by the music, the stage and the costumes. Originally created for the Birmingham Royal Ballet in1990, English legend Sir Peter Wright’s version is a visual treat. Featuring sumptuous sets and costumes worthy of a fairytale, The Nutcracker is perfectly complemented by Tchaikovsky’s acclaimed score, his final ballet composition.The Nutcracker is one of the most labour intensive productions to stage in The Australian Ballet’s repertoire. The level of detail in bringing this ballet to life is extraordinary. Allegedly, there are over 10,000 hand-sewn beads on each Sugar Plum Fairy costume, the famed Nutcracker doll has been lovingly handcrafted, and the foliage for the five metre tall Christmas tree features no less than seven shades of green material.
The costumes made me wish that there was room for tulle and lace and perfect grooming in my life.. without looking ridiculous to those around me...