The Nutcracker, presented by the Moscow Ballet, was beautiful rendition of a classic story. The professional dancers were able to give exceptional life and meaning to the story without the use of words, and the backdrops were beautifully created and presented exuberant and lively scenes of both home and castle alike.
The dancing was powerful and graceful, and told the story in their fluid movements and dramatic steps. Costumes for the Nutcracker were well arranged, dramatic and bold. The Mouse King, with his seven mighty heads, struck a fearful tone into the story, making the fight between the mice army and the dolls both frightening and stunning, the dance showing the true dedication that these ballerinas had towards making the show absolutely perfect.
With this presentation of the Nutcracker Ballet, two things stood out to me during the entire performance: the first being the use of the local Charleston talent in the performance. They had several local dance schools which featured dancers of all ages in the ballet, and to be able to watch aspiring dancers work directly with professional dancers was absolutely enchanting. In the Waltz of the Snowflakes, tiny aspiring snowflake dancers kept stealing glances out the side of their eyes to watch the professional ladies behind them twirl and perform.
The second thing being the modern humor that played into many of the dances, such as Russian bear that kept poking its head out from the side stage, gaining laughter from young kids in the audience during the Russian variation dance, as well as the child performers dancing with sheep in the French variation.
All in all, the ballet was beautifully translated and appropriate for all ages. It would be recommended that you see this ballet at least once in your lifetime, and to read the story of the Nutcracker and the Mouse King for yourself. It has been a Christmas classic for nearly 200 years.