Dance can express what words can only hint at, demonstrating deep intimacy with a pas de deux or deep sadness with the chicken dance. Experience emotional motion with this GrouponLive deal to see The Nutcracker, presented by World Ballet Inc. at Lee Hall Auditorium on the Florida A&M University campus. Doors open one hour before all shows. Choose from the following options:
- For $25, you get two general-admission seats (up to a $50 value).
- For $45, you get four general-admission tickets (up to a $100 value).
For either option, choose between the following performances:
- Saturday, December 1, at 7:30 p.m.
- Sunday, December 2, at 2:30 p.m.
Based on a novel by the 19th-century romantic fabulist E.T.A. Hoffmann, The Nutcracker weaves a magical tale of holiday adventure. Clara, the story's heroine, receives a nutcracker from her godfather, a wizardly toymaker named Drosselmeyer. Sneaking downstairs to see the toy after everyone else has gone to bed, Clara suddenly finds herself caught in the middle of a pitched battle between the toys and an army of mice. After saving the nutcracker with a well-thrown shoe to the Mouse King's head, Clara and her now-living prince venture into the Land of Snow and the Land of Sweets to celebrate amid the dances of nimble snowflakes, the regal Sugar Plum Fairy, and seasonally confused vampires.
Tchaikovsky’s score features some of the most recognizable tunes in the repertoire, repurposed beyond the ballet world in works including Disney's Fantasia, which naturally chose to illustrate the music’s delicate beauty with dancing mushrooms and leaping radishes. Notable sections include the Waltz of the Snowflakes, which floats weightlessly above the angelic voices of a youth choir, and the second act's medley of exotic national dances, including a Spanish bolero and Russian Trepak. Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy's music-box-like theme springs from a celesta, a new instrument Tchaikovsky came across in Paris and hurriedly inserted into the score before his musical rivals could make use of its haunting, bell-like sound.
World Ballet's Take
Under the guidance of internationally acclaimed Artistic Director Henry Hernandez, World Ballet's dance corps transposes the classic tale to early 1900s Tallahassee. Set at the governor's mansion during a Christmas party, this reinterpretation of The Nutcracker recasts Clara and Fritz as the governor’s children, who help their father welcome foreign dignitaries to their home to celebrate the season. Hernandez's imaginative choreography, woven into Tchaikovsky’s evocative score, sends ballet dancers flittering across the stage as sets designed by Christina Giannini recreate wonderlands such as the magical Kingdom of Snow. The supple dancers appear even more awe inspiring as they twirl in gorgeously designed costumes, including a unique Sugar Plum Fairy tutu purchased from the Royal Ballet of London.
Tallahassee's World Ballet
In August 2008, Tallahassee gained 6,000 square feet of dance space and a bunch of skilled dancers to fill it. Under the leadership of artistic director Henry Hernandez, the instructors of World Ballet help the next generation of dancers learn to leap, twirl, and avoid hurting gravity's feelings too badly. The performance arm of the organization brings to life classic ballets such as The Nutcracker and A Midsummer Night's Dream, as well as contemporary creations set to rock music.