PERFORMING ARTS

The Nutcracker by Queensland Ballet

Brisbane was invited to celebrate Christmas with Queensland Ballet as they presented their infamous sell-out performance, The Nutcracker.

Queensland Ballet The Nutcracker Photo David Kelly. brisbaneweekender.com

In the first week of opening, loyal guests, supporters, children and their parents were welcomed to bring in the Christmas cheer with a colourful, festive and expressive opening act to the globally celebrated ballet.

As the curtains were raised, children in the audience gleamed at the magical white Christmas set design by Thomas Boyd whereby snowfall glistened from the sky to the streets like an enchanting snow globe.

Homes resembling snow covered ginger bread houses were brought to the attention of the crowd while the sounds of small leather soles skipped onto the stage and well-dressed children rode by on wooden snow sleds.

Queensland Ballet Dancer Lina Kim, who performed the dreamy child of well-to-do Herr Stahlbaum, Clara, captured the hearts of all with her innocent and expressive nature and polished ballet techniques.

Kim performed alongside skillful company dancers and guest performers to reenact the joys, and the squabbles, of decorating the tree with ornaments and ribbons in a farmhouse.

Queensland Ballet The Nutcracker Emilio Pavan (King Rat) Shane Wuerthner (Nutcracker) Photo David Kelly. brisbaneweekender.com

Life sized dolls brought the production to life with eye-catching costumes designed by Desmond Heeley, whose works have graced some of the finest international stages. The nutcracker dolls portrayed realistic and structured movements and techniques similar to those illustrated in the company’s captivating ballet, Coppélia, which will be touring regional Queensland in 2015.

The act was rich in colour and incredibly entertaining with special and festive magical tricks, gifts, joyous carousing on Christmas Eve and the recreation of snow falling over the stage and the audience.

However it was Natasha Kusch (Sugar Plum Fairy) and Shane Wuerthner (Prince) in the second act who stole the interest of the audience in a series of pas de deux that illustrated the incredible strength and training involved in such a magnificent ballet.

Queensland Ballet’s The Nutcracker took the audience on a festive journey from a traditional family oriented Christmas Eve through to a soft and dreamy land of pastel candies with flower couples, ginger children, international dancers and adorable bakers guarding Christmas puddings.

The Nutcracker represented a humerous, entertaining and sparkling land of snow, loved by chiildren and adults of all ages.

Details: The Nutcracker | Playhouse Theatre, QPAC, Cultural Precinct, South Bank, Brisbane | 12 December 2014 to | $90.00

Images supplied by Queensland Ballet.

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