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Erina Takahashi’s Sugar Plum Fairy was typically graceful, with purity of line and sharp footwork, but I was not as captivated by her dancing as I would have hoped. The Mouse King is finally vanquished and Drosselmeyer orchestrates the celebratory dances (Spanish Dance, Russian Dance, Chinese Dance, and ‘Waltz of the Flowers’) and as a finale, Clara (as the Sugar Plum Fairy) and the nephew (as the Prince) dance the traditional pas de deux. From the sound of the orchestra tuning up, to the final bows and cheers, a trip to English National Ballet’s Nutcracker is an unforgettable Christmas treat. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. So, whilst the ballet differs in the detail compared to the source material, it is still basically the same. As we adapt to the new reality of COVID-19, your support ensures that our talented and resilient young dancers from around the globe may continue their studies in this new scenario that fosters their growth as individuals and dancers. English National Ballet to deliver special Nutcracker inspired workshops to care homes this Christmas This December (8 & 9), English National Ballet will deliver a series of three virtual workshops inspired by the classic festive ballet, Nutcracker, to residents at Barchester care homes. On Christmas Eve in Edwardian London, Clara is given a Nutcracker doll for Christmas, and the pair go on an enchanted adventure to discover a magical world. However, this can result in some functions no longer being available. The Nutcracker becomes a dashing soldier and leads his army of toy soldiers into battle with the mice. In 2020, the tradition lives on. Caley’s leaps were high and cleanly landed, but I did not feel he commanded the stage. Coliseum, London Judith Mackrell. The Walter Carsen Centre for The National Ballet of Canada 470 Queens Quay West Toronto, Ontario M5V 3K4 416 345 9686. Under Gerry Cornelius, there were several brass slips and the woodwinds weren’t at their most characterful… early teething problems, perhaps, that will be ironed out as this long London run beds in. Just as English National Ballet planned to open a limited season of Nutcracker Delights (based on their 2010 production by Wayne Eagling and Toer van Schayk) the capital moved into Tier 4 COVID-19 restrictions which caused the cancellation of all the scheduled performances at the London Coliseum. __________________________________, (06/01/2021) English National Ballet has been performing a version of Nutcracker every year since 1950. 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We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. Choreography – Wayne Eagling (based on a concept by Toer van Schayk and Wayne Eagling) A very traditional interpretation of E.T.A. @judithmackrell Fri 9 Dec 2011 13.15 EST First published on Fri 9 Dec 2011 13.15 EST. English National Ballet, London, United Kingdom. The recording features the debut performance of new ENB principal, Natascha Mair. English National Ballet has staged a production of The Nutcracker every year since 1950. In contrast to the lovely winter scene, slapstick comedy ensues as ice skaters shove each other, topple over and hurl snowballs, which children will especially appreciate. In 2009, he joined Dutch National Ballet as a second soloist and was promoted to principal in 2010; he continues to dance as a guest artist with the company. Lead Snowflakes – Precious Adams, Alison McWhinney This Nutcracker has something for everyone whether you are 8 or 80. Decide which cookies you want to allow. Just as English National Ballet planned to open a limited season of Nutcracker Delights (based on their 2010 production by Wayne Eagling and Toer van Schayk) the capital moved into Tier 4 COVID-19 restrictions which caused the cancellation of all the scheduled performances at the London Coliseum. This glittering production was created by Wayne Eagling (artistic director of the company from 2005 to 2012), and with its Edwardian setting created by Peter Farmer, it cannot fail to get you in the Christmas spirit. ENB will offer a new version of the ballet with a selection of Nutcracker ’s most popular moments with Tchaikovsky’s played live by musicians from English National Ballet Philharmonic. The English National Ballet is a world renowned company that seeks to make ballet accessible to all audiences. __________________________________, (07/01/2021) audience watching in the London Coliseum was after the exciting Spanish Dance. 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Gerry Cornelius conducts the English National Ballet Philharmonic with verve and panache. __________________________________, (28/12/2020) Design – Peter Farmer Having seen many previous performances of the Nutcracker over the years at the Coliseum, sad to say, last night's performance by the English National Ballet was the most average. For information on deleting the cookies, please consult your browser’s help function. With this special production, let our dancers and musicians take you on a whirlwind tour of the classic ballet’s most popular moments, with Tchaikovsky’s famous score played live. Lead Flowers – Precious Adams, Alison McWhinney, Matthew Astley, Skyler Martin London Coliseum, London, UK; December 13, 2014 Jessica Wilson With a gorgeous overture to enjoy; English National Ballet’s sparkling “Nutcracker” got off to a fine start right from the raising of the beautiful front cloth. __________________________________, (24/12/2020) English National Ballet returns to the stage with performances of Nutcracker Delights at the London Coliseum this Christmas from 3 December 2020 until 3 January 2021.. ENB is determined that the annual festive appointment in its calendar will not be skipped this year, even though many companies worldwide have been forced to cancel their moneymaking Nutcracker season. English National Ballet has been performing a version of Nutcracker every year since 1950. In this beautiful production specially created for this holiday season, dancers and musicians take you on a whirlwind tour of the classic ballet’s most popular moments, with Tchaikovsky’s famous score played live. The exclusive production will feature some of the most iconic sequences and dances from the famous ballet for a socially-distanced audience. Hailed “the best Nutcracker on the planet” by The Globe and Mail, The National Ballet of Canada’s acclaimed production features 233 performers – 50 dancers, 98 children from Canada’s National Ballet School and high schools all over Toronto, 65 musicians and 20 young singers from VIVA! Thankfully for their fans, ENB decided to film it and make the recording available free online (until 23 January 2021) as a much-needed uplifting gift at the close of their 70th Anniversary year. Cue some more clever animation before the balloon lands – for some reason – inside a huge version of the puppet theatre. It is during this first pas de deux that the Nutcracker Doll seems to morph into Drosselmeyer’s nephew (both characterised by an elegant Aitor Arrieta). Nutcracker Delights lasts barely 60 minutes, so it is essentially the CliffsNotes version though as we see Clara and the Nutcracker Doll’s pas de deux we are introduced to ENB’s new principal dancer Natascha Mair (from the Vienna State Ballet). Lighting – David Richardson, Cast: __________________________________, (25/12/2020) The climactic pas de deux was – I must admit – a little underwhelming with the impression of an open rehearsal (which this performance might well have been originally planned as). Joseph Caley (Prince) has little to do except partner and present the Sugar Plum Fairy as best as possible and he did this neatly and with practiced ease. The Nutcracker is injured and seems to be no match for the Mouse King and he, along with his army, are captured by the mice and their King. Sugar Plum Fairy – Erina Takahashi (JPr), Production: Ruth Barnes, a long-time supporter of English National Ballet, has watched our Company perform Nutcracker every year since 1972: she shared some of her memories with us. It is then that Clara wakes from her dream and is shown back in her bedroom with her nutcracker doll as Simon Callow bids us farewell by saying, ‘With that we wish you a Merry Christmas and may all your dreams come true.’. With this special production, let our dancers and musicians take you on a whirlwind tour of the classic ballet’s most popular moments, with Tchaikovsky’s famous score played live. __________________________________, (21/12/2020) There were some accomplished fouettés from Carolyne Galvao at the climax of the Chinese Dance and an exuberant Russian Dance showcased Ken Saruhashi jumping and spinning with panache. London Coliseum, London The timeless Christmas story of Nutcracker makes its way back to the London Coliseum, despite the rumours about Christmas being cancelled this year, for a truly special performance by the brilliant English National Ballet. The Nutcracker, staged by the English National Ballet at the London Coliseum, makes a good introduction to ‘grown-up’ ballet for children over five years old. I was impressed with the technical accomplishment and commitment of ENB’s corps de ballet whether as Snowflakes or as the eight couples during a charming ‘Waltz of the Flowers’ and as both Lead Snowflakes and Lead Flowers, Precious Adams and Alison McWhinney were as impressive as ever. Russian – Breanna Foad, Ken Saruhashi, Alicia Townsend By capybara, December 24, 2020 in Performances seen & general discussions. On Christmas Eve in Edwardian London, Clara is given a Nutcracker doll for Christmas, and the pair go on an enchanted adventure to discover a magical world. From the sound of the orchestra tuning up, to the final bows and cheers, a trip to English National Ballet’s Nutcracker is an unforgettable Christmas treat. London Coliseum, London, UK; December 11, 2013 Charlotte Kasner From the sumptuous front cloth it is obvious from the outset that Wayne Eagling’s “Nutcracker” is going to dispense with garishness and novelty. __________________________________, (29/12/2020) __________________________________, (04/01/2021) For many balletomanes, watching Nutcracker is at the heart of their Christmas celebrations. The interactive ‘Nutcracker Christmas Specials’ each focus on a different aspect of the ballet. English National Ballet has been performing productions of The Nutcracker at the Coliseum for 20 years; and the company was not about to break the tradition in … Hailed “the best Nutcracker on the planet” by The Globe and Mail, The National Ballet of Canada’s acclaimed production features 233 performers – 50 dancers, 98 children from Canada’s National Ballet School and high schools all over Toronto, 65 musicians and 20 young singers from VIVA! Spanish – Ivana Bueno, Jung ah Choi, Daniel McCormick This classic Christmas production is perfect for audiences both young and old. From the sound of the orchestra tuning up, to the final bows and cheers, a trip to English National Ballet at the London Coliseum is an unforgettable Christmas treat. The always reliable English National Ballet Philharmonic may have been reduced to less than 40 but the masked Gavin Sutherland conducted them with the lightest of touches in his new orchestral arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s musical confection. 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