Because There's No Such Thing As Too Much "Nutcracker"...
Principal Character Artist Gary Avis as Drosselmeyer in the 2013 production (Bill Cooper, courtesy The Royal Ballet)
As December 2018 is finally winding down, you've probably had "Waltz of the Flowers" stuck in your head since October—at least. If just reading that sentence made you want to scream, you're welcome to stop reading here. (And we really are sorry that it's stuck in your head for the umpteenth time now.)
We're actually talking here to the diehard Nutters. Yes, you, who feel a little less dead inside every single time that tree starts to grow, you who gasp with suspense when Clara bends back to hurl the slipper, you who "awwwwwwwww" at every last adorable polichinelle or angel. If you still need more Nutcracker in your life, The Royal Ballet is HERE. FOR. YOU. (At least through December 30!)
Now through the end of the month, you can catch The Royal Ballet's production of the perennial holiday classic in a movie theater near you. Peter Wright's adaptation has been a stalwart of the company's repertoire since 1984, so you know it's a goodie. This particular performance was filmed on December 3 of this year (with Marianela Nunez as Sugarplum, YAY!), but can be enjoyed by you as many times as you like between now and 2019. And in some ways, it may even be better than paying for a ticket and showing up at Covent Garden in person: These cinema broadcasts offer audiences the best seats in the house plus close-ups showing details of the dancers' costumes and performances, and include exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and interviews presented by British-ballet legend Darcey Bussell.
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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Imagine attending American Ballet Theatre's prestigious NYC summer intensive, training among classical ballet legends. Imagine taking the stage at New York City Dance Alliance Nationals, competing against some of the country's best contemporary dancers. Now, imagine doing both—at the same time.
Welcome to Madison Brown's world. This summer, she's in her third year as a National Training Scholar with ABT, while also competing for NYCDA's Teen Outstanding Dancer title. (She's already won Outstanding Dancer in the Mini and Junior categories.) The logistics are complicated—ABT's five-week intensive overlaps with the weeklong NYCDA Nationals, which translates to a lot of cabs back and forth across Manhattan—but Maddie is committed to making the most of each opportunity. "I love contemporary and ballet equally," she says. "While I'm able to do both, I want to do as much as I can."
Maddie has an expressive face, endless extensions, and a quiet command of the stage. She dances with remarkable maturity—a trait noted by none other than Jennifer Lopez, one of the judges on NBC's "World of Dance," on which Maddie competed in Season 2. Although Maddie didn't take home the show's top prize, she was proud to be the youngest remaining soloist when she was eliminated, and saw the whole experience as an opportunity to grow. After all, she's just getting started. Oh, that's right—did we mention Maddie's only 14?
Corbin Bleu in rehearsal for "Kiss Me, Kate" (Jenny Anderson, courtesy Roundabout Theatre Company)
If you're a hardcore Broadway baby, today is the worst Sunday of the year. Why, you ask? The Tony Awards were last Sunday, so basically there's nothing to look forward to in life anymore—no James Corden being James Corden, no teary acceptance speeches from newly minted stars, no thrilling excerpts from the hottest new shows. Oh yeah, and there are 50 more Sundays to go before our humdrum lives are once again blessed with the next annual iteration of Broadway's biggest night.