Christmas is traditionally time for The Nutcracker ballet.
Seven years ago (3rd of December 2011 to be exact) I performed in my very first ballet recital. The Nutcracker was our ballet piece for the year 🙂
I got to dance as one of the snowflakes, which was very exciting (my first time wearing a tutu!) and the ‘Arabian’.
I remember being extremely nervous, but also thrilled to be part of the show.
I had taken ballet as a child, but too short a time to make it to recital. This, in a way, felt like a ‘catch up’ moment.
And you? Are there any experiences you got to (re)live as an adult that you had dreamt of as a child? What are your first performance memories?
History of The Nutcracker:
My favourite video of ‘Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy’, by Iana Silenko:
From Wikipedia: The main instrument employed in The Sugarplum Fairy is a Celesta, a struck idiophone operated by a keyboard, which Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky made famous through his adaptation of The Nutcracker.
He had already employed it 2 years earlier though, for an lesser-known opera called The Voyevoda.
However, Ernest Chausson preceded Tchaikovsky, by employing the celesta in December 1888 in his incidental music, written for a small orchestra, for La tempête (a French translation by Maurice Bouchorof William Shakespeare‘s The Tempest)
And so we arrive at Shakespeare 🙂