The Nutcracker just might be one of the most famous ballets of all time. Not saying it’s best for the dance community, but it is about time that this show is transferred to cinema.
Similar to my stand on the show So You Think You Can Dance, I’m extremely glad that ballet is reaching mass audiences on television and cinema. However, it saddens me that families might buy a $10 movie ticket to see the Nutcracker instead of supporting live performances at a local theater.
Regardless, the Nutcracker will surely be a wonderful movie to catch when it’s just too cold to do much else.
Many other performances have been converted to movies in the past, so it’s almost a given that the popularity of this performance makes a wonderful choice for conversion.
“The company said on Thursday that its Dec. 13 performance of “George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker” will be transmitted live in high definition to more than 500 movie theaters around the country,” writer Daniel J. Wakin said.
The company’s executive director, Katherine E. Brown, has a positive attitude about this show being in movie theaters around the country.
As noted in the video posted above, Christmas time, Broadway and dancing all go hand-in-hand with the famous, timeless and beautiful Rockettes.
I know personally, since I was very little, I have always looked up to the Rockettes as being strong role models for the dance community. These dancers have a feminine grace that truly glows.
This Christmas, the Rockette performance is going to be one of a kind. These women have been working with 3-D enhancements that will surely reboot this performance for a new era. As the Rockette family is reborn into using new technology, the dancers truly must adapt. It’s not always easy working with a screen where timing and positioning is crucial to the show’s message.
As always, the Rockettes will keep their famous kick-lines, however, now the show is also full of jumps and karate kicks. With the cutting-edge, 3-D animation, the walls of Radio City Music Hall will shine like never before.
The show will allow audience members to feel like they’re inside of a video game as they watch the beautiful Rockettes dance with style and grace.
"I want this to be a magical experience," Haberman said.
The video placed above this post is from the dance show, So You Think You Can Dance. In this particular piece, Travis Wall, the choreographer, plays on his emotions of sadness and empathy.
When executing choreography, it’s extremely important to have a motive or reasoning as to why the steps are the way they are. Sometimes, it’s as simple as watching a baseball game to be inspired. Other times, it’s like pulling teeth.
In this particular case, Travis Wall uses his mother’s illness to represent her struggle through life and the journey Travis is on.
Being let into a choreographer’s message, through choreography, can be touching and powerfully emotional when watching the finished product. To be successful as a choreographer, the movements of a dance should be fluid, transition with ease and end before you realize it had started. That’s what makes dance so magical. With each step, it is telling a story through movement. The body can express feelings that words can sometimes not accurately portray.
The dance ends with Allison walking on the feet of Robert with a hand on her heart. If that is not symbolic to the story, then I don’t know what is. Watching Robert, as Travis’ representative, carry Allison, as his mother’s representative, it is clear that the message was not lost throughout the whole piece.
This beautiful and touching piece of contemporary choreography surely projected the message that was the driving force behind the dance.