10 Things Only Diehard Nutcracker Fans Understand…

1. Tchaikovsky’s score is on your iPod most of the year.

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2. You randomly get very emotional listening to it…

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3. You’d rather be a back-row flower or back-row mouse than not be in Nutcracker…

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5. When someone says “holiday party,” you think:

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4. When someone says “hot chocolate,” “coffee,” “marzipan,” or “candy canes,” you assume they are referring to dances — and you probably start demonstrating some of the choreography…

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6. If you’ve never been Clara or the Sugar Plum Fairy or the Nutcracker Prince, it’s probably like your biggest dream ever — no matter your age or how improbable it is…

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7. In your personal artistic opinion, Nutcracker is totally better than Swan Lake, though you LOVE Swan Lake. (Of course, you’ve never admitted this out loud…)

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8. You start missing Nutcracker as soon as — well — your last Nutcracker performance of the season…

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9. You start anticipating Nutcracker as soon as — well — your last Nutcracker performance of the season…

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10. You can’t remember yesterday’s tendu combo, but know every step of every Nutcracker role you’ve performed in the past 10 years…

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Video Break…

Love this performance by Sara Mearns! ❤

“In “Walpurgisnacht,” Ms. Mearns gives the single greatest ballerina performance of our era —hurling out fantastically bold, amazingly precise, rivetingly complex dance coloratura with musical blaze and rich colors. I say “hurling out” — this is exultant, space-filling dancing, with a strong element of swagger — but I don’t underestimate the twinkling wit of Ms. Mearns’s delivery, the driving impulsiveness of her self-contradictory turns to right and left, the subtleties of her unexpected pauses.”

–  Alastair Macaulay, Sara Mearns, in Her Prime at City Ballet, Inspires Debate and Awe, The New York Times, June 25, 2015

 

Tiler Peck–“Overcaffeinated” Dancer…

Love this description of New York City Ballet’s Tiler Peck! ❤

“Peck brings an unbridled passion to Who Cares?, especially in the monstrously difficult, vivacious solo to Fascinatin’ Rhythm. Apropos, Peck’s rhythm is fierce and on form. She is the overcaffeinated Balanchine dancer: ebullient but never untidy. In the finale, she stretches balances to the last millisecond, filling the music without ever being off time–something one more readily expects in Swan Lake than a Gershwin ballet. Peck is all the better for it, flaunting the piece as the work of Olympian athleticism and whirlwind musicality that it should be.”

– Lauren Gallagher “New York City Ballet – Music Director’s Choice: Barber Violin Concerto, Fancy Free, Who Cares?, Candide (Overture) – New York

Tiler Peck’s Fascinatin’ Rhythm solo…