I love the Nutcracker Ballet. Now, maybe it wouldn’t have the same sort of magic for me if I had spent more of my adult life gigging in big cities and playing numerous versions of it. As it is, I’ve only played one run of it in my life. I was pregnant with my third child and exhausted, and I pretty much cried through every performance. I’m sure it wasn’t just hormones, though. The combination of story, music, costumes, and dance are definitely the stuff of dreams.
Our family isn’t going to get to see (or play) a live version this year, so I’ve been looking for other ways to immerse ourselves in this December tradition.
E.T.A. Hoffman wrote the fairytale on which the ballet is based in 1816. We’ve been reading this versionby Anthea Bell, illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger. The pictures are beautiful, and it’s been interesting to see how the story and ballet are different.