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I've been to the Milwaukee Ballet many times and The Nutcracker is one of my
favorites. The Russian ballet performance with its canned music and stage full of
school kids was a big disappointment. Clara danced beautifully, but was clearly a
mature person who didn't communicate the part that calls for us to see the wonder
of the season through the eyes of a girl, rather than woman. The stage was often full
of too many kid who were not ready to be on a ballet stage. We saw butt-scratching,
hair twirling, gum chewing etc. Invite some of the local talent --yes. But we thought
they may have tried to invite every local ballet kid to sell tickets to family. Lost me as
from Minneapolis, Minnesota
I did not attend this company's performance last Christmas--I was still sulking from the disappointment of the year prior--there have been some stellar reviews, so maybe they made improvements, but canned music was a big let down--when you have plunked down over $200 for a couple tickets, you expect an orchestra. I understand they are coming from Moscow, but the Royal Swedish and NYCB from New York contracted with musicians here, so can the Russians. The local children used for the performance WE saw, were wandering around the stage, actually interfering with choreography and the distraction was not charming.
Finally, the sets were dismal pallets of grey and lavender, cheap looking painted fabric.--for a ballet that should be lush and sparkling--it's CHRISTMAS. I will say the costumes were impressive and the dancers very professional but, again, the choreography was sadly lacking. There are local companies who do better justice to this piece every year--spend your money at home.
Dee from Naples, Florida
POOR POOR POOR
Thank goodness I bought last minute rush tickets for $15 each. The live orchestra and the little kids were fine,
but the story line, the choreography, the over the top costumes, the over sized animals, and the dancing were
poor poor poor. At one point my daughter and I looked at each other and just had to laugh. Maybe we are
too critical having grown up taking ballet, attending Boston Ballet, and here in Naples attending Miami City
Ballet...but I have to wonder why Artis Naples would book this second rate version of the Nutcracker. There
were many empty seats, so maybe they won't be back! Save your money and watch it on tv.
Maria V. from Vancouver, British Columbia
THIS PERFORMANCE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH GREAT RUSSIA BALLET
I was born and raised in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. Going to Mariinsky Theatre
regularly was a part of my life back when. I know what quality to expect from real
Russian ballet. The performance of this so-called Moscow ballet was weak and
disappointing. Lack of choreography and complex ballet moves was partially offset
by nice costumes. Impressive Arabian dance was a gymnastics gig, not ballet.
Costumes are the only thing which made me to give this performance one star.
Otherwise, I'd give it a zero.
Disappointed from Detroit, Michigan
Very few professional level dancers in
this production. Elementary
choreography and tons of local
students to distract you from the
poor quality of the company dancers.
No live music-don’t waste your
Olga from Vancouver, British Columbia
THIS IS NOT BALLET FROM MOSCOW
This tour is organised by a US company for
touring with Nutcracker only. So the name of
the company is deceiving, they are NOT from
Moscow. They hire ballet dancers from
Russia and Ukraine who are not engaged
with any theater. Hence, the quality of the
dancing is aweful! There is little
choreography as well. There were a couple
of decent dancers but that was a far cry.
Arabic dance - although entertaining - would
be more appropriate for Cirque du Soleil.
I wanted to leave mid- performance.
Will never go again, will never recommend.
Jennifer from Albuquerque, New Mexico
WORST NUTCRACKER YET
I am a dancer, who has danced in the
nutcracker and this was a shoddy excuse for
a ballet advertised as being from Moscow it
seemed like 50%of the dancers were kids
from Abq not ready for stage and the other
45% were young B (or C) company dancers
who were still training to be professional.
Then there were 2-4 dancers who were
obviously beautifully trained veterans who
posed for all the misleading advertisements.
Don't expect the tree to grow, don't expect
any snow to fall during "snow" and don't
expect the choreography to make sense with
the storyline or music. Also the venue
doesn't close the doors and the wonderfully
polite and educated people here in the Q will
make sure that stand up in front of you 20-
30 times so they can get a beer, popcorn or
whatever. They won't duck down or wait for
the scenes to switch and the venue
encourages them. Let's them show up 30
min late and guides them in with
flashlights.... Worst money ever spent..
Extremely boring and stressful. I want a
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