Magazine article Dance Magazine

The Nutcracker

Magazine article Dance Magazine

The Nutcracker

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O'KEEFE CENTRE, TORONTO DECEMBER 21-31, 1995, JANUARY 2-7, 1996; FEBRUARY 21-25, 1996 REVIEWED BY LEWIS HERTZMAN

Though he has made more than forty works since 1979, choreographer James Rather, he has made use of the full range of ballet movement and the additional freedom of modern idioms, as suited to the dancers in the numerous companies with which he has worked. His personal preferences run to dark, psychological themes, but he is just as likely to produce a happy celebration of Mozart or Beethoven or to accept specific commissions. All three modes of working were evident this season.

Artist in residence since 1992, and artistic director as of June 1, Kudelka was set an unusual task last year: to breathe new life into The Nutracker, a holiday chestnut that was no longer drawing crowds. With an ample budget and a large cast, including sixty children from the National Ballet School, he has created a spectacle that overnight became the hottest ticket in the city.

There are many deft touches in the new production, which respects tradition while taking on a fresh look 6y virtue of Kudelka's colorful, clever action. The usual Christmas party has become a rollicking country reception in prerevolutionary Russia, and the court of the Sugar Plum Fairy includes a giant Faberge egg. Moreover, little Marie experiences the adventure with her lively brother, Misha. The whole works extraordinarily well. Thanks to designer Santo Loquasto and associates Mitchell Bloom and Peter Eastman, the ballet is a splendid feast for the eyes. …

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