December 27, 2008

The Nutcracker

Posted in Journal tagged , , , at 11:33 pm by Jenn


Tonight I went to the ballet.  The Nutcracker was playing at the Azerbaijan National Opera and Ballet Theater.  There were three in my group and we had excellent seats.  We were in the first balcony section, first row.  There were no heads in front of us.  We had a wonderful, unobstructed view of the stage and the orchestra section so I was really pleased.  Even if I wasn’t pleased the price was too good to pass up – 8 manat.  That’s less than 10 US dollars – for a ballet.  I didn’t get a program so I don’t know if this was a Russian company or not.  I’d venture to say not.  This was probably a local ballet company.

The stage scenery was nice especially the second act.  The costumes for the most part were ok.  The Nutcracker was disappointing.  I don’t have a great picture of him, but he wasn’t at all what I envisioned him being.  This Nutcracker was just a guy with a beard and blue tights to me. 

Here, judge for yourself


The picture quality is pretty bad, but you get the idea right?  He didn’t even have a nutcracker soldier hat!

The music was beautiful however and the dance of the sugar plum fairies was my favorite.  You’ll also be able to see the pretty stage that I mentioned earlier.


Overall it was a good performance and I would go again, with hopes that the Nutcracker would be a little more Nutcrackerish.


1 Comment »

  1. Mom said,

    What fun, I wish I had been there. We worked outside today-it was mid sixties. We pruned the fruit trees, took Molly for a walk and Zac rode his new bike. What more could you ask for on Dec 27th?

    I wish we had that nice weather here. It’s on the second consecutive day of snow now.

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