It wouldn’t be Christmas without a telling of The Nutcracker, and Edmontonians have a limited time to get their fill! The Alberta Ballet’s rendition of this famous Russian ballet, complete with soul-stirring performances by the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, is playing this weekend only.
Whether you’re new to E.T.A. Hoffman’s story or have Tchaikovsky’s work on your personal playlist, you’re sure to find something to enjoy. The entire experience is a delight, from the fancy footwork to the detailed sets to the coordinated costumes. There is always something to look at on stage. Tip: Pay attention to the background in the party scene and you will see Grandpa dancing in his wheelchair or listening to the music with an antique ear trumpet.
This show is also a great way to experience stage magic. It’s not Hollywood special effects, but when suddenly the Christmas tree can no longer fit on the stage and the wrapped presents tower over the dancers, you will feel like you shrank right alongside poor Klara!
And don’t be late getting back from intermission! Although all of the performances are spectacular, you especially don’t want to miss the trio in the Arabian dance. It is the embodiment of flexibility and strength, and will have you testing whether you, too, can lift your leg until it’s parallel to your body. (Spoiler: I cannot.)
The Nutcracker is playing in Edmonton December 10 – 13 at the Jubilee Auditorium, with double performances on Saturday and Sunday. If you can’t make it then, but feel like a road trip, it also plays in Calgary December 17 – 24. Visit the Alberta Ballet website for more information.
– Tamara Aschenbrenner