Research Paper On The Nutcracker

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On November 26, 2017, the Colorado Ballet welcomed the holiday season with their fifty-seventh annual performance of the The Nutcracker - based on E.T.A. Hoffman’s famous enchanting fable The Nutcracker and the Mouse King - at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House at Denver Center for the Performing Arts. The Colorado Ballet's production of The Nutcracker is one of the most successfully performed renditions of the classic in the country; winning the Goldstar National Nutcracker Award in 2016. Artistic Director, Gill Boggs, gave us a performance brimming with magic and wonder that was expertly coordinated and awe-inspiring. Featuring Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s well loved musical composition, gracefully led by Adam Flatt, The Nutcracker breathes tradition and is able to captivate an audience of all ages.
Originally premiering in December 1892, at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia; The Nutcracker was once not the beloved production we know of today, but instead was immensely criticized. It wasn’t until 1954, when George Balanchine re-adapted the classic for the New York City Ballet, that it gained the momentum now received nationwide. Nevertheless, Denver’s adaptation of the story surely doesn’t disappoint, incorporating a cast expertly delivered by both professional dancers, as well as students from the Colorado Ballet Academy with timeless choreography by Martin Fredmann and Sandra Brown.
The two-hour play is divided into two acts; set in nineteenth century

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