Last weekend, I popped my ballet virginity & I liked it. Lots.

Now don’t go thinking I was dressed up in a tutu à la Hyacinth Hippo, I was at Theatre Royal Glasgow to see Scottish Ballet’s latest production, The Nutcracker.

An enchanted dolls’ house, an evil governess, and a nutcracker who may just be a handsome prince in disguise – this winter, prepare to enter a magical new world…

Following on from the hugely successful productions Cinderella and The Sleeping Beauty comes a revival of The Nutcracker, a sweet yet deliciously sharp take on ETA Hoffmann’s original story Nutcracker and the King of Mice.

This fresh and vivid retelling of the famous Christmas story features stunning sets and costumes, breathtaking choreography and Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous score performed live by the Scottish Ballet Orchestra.

Since it was my first time, I honestly had no idea what the ballet would be like. Sure, we’ve all seen ballet dancers on TV & in Movies… but up close and personal is another thing entirely. Set to the beautiful music of Tchaikovsky, the performance was completely mind-blowing. Watching the dancers, you couldn’t help but get carried away watching with amazement at what you were seeing before your eyes. Magical is one word which I could use a thousand times to describe it.

At first, it was a little strange getting used to the fact that you were watching a performance where scenes were acted in utter silence. Choosing body language, expressions and of course dance to tell a story. A few scenes in, I completely forgot my “apprehensions” and was mesmerised throughout the 2 hour performance.

The Modern Adaptation of The Nutcracker featured visually exciting set designs throughout which were filled with an abundance of imagination. The sets combined with the incredible choreography of the whole company led the Opening Night’s performance to be an enchanting first time experience for me.

It’s hard to pick a favourite scene as I couldn’t fault a thing. However, the pieces that stood out the most to me were Nathalie Dupouy’s Arabian Scene and the utterly breathtaking grand pas-de-deux (oh I learnt a new word!) between principal dancers Sophie Martin and Adam Blyde on the night.

If you are looking for a new experience and have never been to the Ballet before or are a seasoned Ballet Goer, this is one production which you cannot miss. It will not let you down.

The Nutcracker is touring to Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness, Belfast and Newcastle from December 2012 – January 2013. Below are the locations and dates… try make a performance if you are in the area!

Theatre Royal, Glasgow
8 – 29 December 2012

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh
8 – 12 January 2013

His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen
16 – 19 January 2013

Eden Court, Inverness
23 – 26 January 2013

Grand Opera House, Belfast
30 January – 02 February 2013

Theatre Royal, Newcastle
06 – 09 February 2013

Note: A huge thank you to Ann at Scottish Ballet for the invitation to the Opening Night and to Andrew Ross for the Photography.

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