“The characters are from the here and now, rather than long ago and far away in some middle-European city. You have to look hard for the traditional pastel costumes of the original work because the people onstage in “Urban Nutcracker” wear hoodies and jeans as often as tutus and tights, while many of the large number of children have sneakers on their feet instead of ballet slippers.” –Iris FangerThis is exactly what I enjoyed about the Urban Nutcracker. The dance piece as whole seeks to attract and entertain all children- not just little ballerinas, or little girls who like to dress up, or moms who used to dance – this piece is for everyone, EVERYONE! (Written as a former little ballerina / little girl who still likes to dress up and future mom).
The costumes, varied from a traditional Sugar Plum Fairy "getup," to hooded sweatshirts, loud high-tops that look unlaced, and loud crazy colors – gave me the feeling that I could go up onstage in my own street-wear and jump right in. Thankfully for the Ballet Rox company, I held my seat.
So I survived yet another WFT event where I did not, in fact, go up onstage and embarrass myself and maybe ruin the show – here’s hopin’ for next time!
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