Very Busy October, Gaspar (Pirate Ballet) Launch, Rock Ballet in Charleston, WV, New Phantom Ballet, Studio Showing for BalletFleming at the end of the month.
Just to make things more interesting my Girlfriend and I found a wonderful house for rent 5 blocks away and moved to a new place with only two weeks notice starting November 1st. Amazing how much stuff a person can accumulate in ten years in an apartment ( I will write more on this in coming weeks)
Meanwhile I thought I would get into the Holiday Spirit. No not Halloween (America’s 2nd biggest holiday, go figure) or Thanksgiving or even the December Holidays. No I thought I would discuss that Insane November/December and yes some times January American Holiday Tradition, The Nutcracker.
In the 1960’s and 1970’s America slowly became addicted to Fast Food. It was convenient cheap and easy to come by. By the 1980’s and 1990’s there were hundred’s of thousands of these kinds of places basically selling the same thing.
Only now are we discovering that it was not necessarily the best thing for us.
I think we can track Nutcracker’s history in the same manner. And it is not the best thing for the Art Form either.
Large medium and small professional Ballet Companies waste enormous amounts of time on it, because it of course makes money. In medium and smaller companies the dancers will perform Nutcracker more than any other more worthwhile productions.
Lets pretend for a moment that those Companies are restaurants. Do those customers come back to the restaurant when you offer wonderful standard fare or even worse do they come back if you change up the menu with some exotic or fusion foods, probably not.
Then below this are the thousand or so schools in the United States that put up productions of “The Nutcracker” that are nothing more than glorified recitals.
Understand that most of them do a great job and the productions are very well rehearsed and presented.
Then there are many that are not. Training suffers, students expect roles (talent or hard work is not an issue here) large fees are charged for everything and auditions are now held in June. If you are at one of these schools please consider what I’m saying. Then run far away and look for a school that is actually interested in training your son or daughter.
The Traveling Ballet Master