The ballet: seriously old but seriously, enjoyable. I was expecting to fall asleep. It was after all my first time. I was functioning on two hours of sleep and after writing a two and a half hour philosophy exam, I was ready to crash. But no, I was expected to wear my four inch heels and strut my stuff to the Four Seasons where we’d bought tickets to The Nutcracker. With all those things working against me, can you blame me for wanting the ballet to suck?
Fortunately we sat at the highest level in the very last row (worst seats in the house). This was good because we ‘whispered’ to each other the plot throughout the ballet. We discussed the costumes (which were ethereal), we objectified the hot Nutcracker (#sorrynotsorry) and we discussed technical dance moves. It was fun!
I highly recommend The Nutcracker to any first timer at the ballet. Its very engaging and even if you miss the plot explanation, which we did, the story does become clear. I was surprised that I laughed quite a bit and I did sigh a little when the Nutcracker danced with the Sugar Plum fairy. They all pointed their toes, had faces that showed emotion and danced pretty…maybe I leave the technical critique to Kvitka who is a lifelong ballet dancer and danced an, albiet, minor part in The Nutcracker a few years ago.
Visit the ballet. Trust me. Even though our seats were the ‘worst’ in the house, they still provided us with an excellent view of the stage and enough distance that we could discuss the performance. The dressing up part was great too. I spied several gowns and sky high stilettos pre ballet–surprising because it was a Wednesday!