Snowflake dancers from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company. Vince Pahkala photo.
In the end, it’s all about the tutus.
Truth be told, that’s why I go to a the Nutcracker in Vancouver every year. Sure, some people say it’s for kids, but if there’s a more beautiful ballet out there, I don’t know about it.
The little girl in me still loves to admire those gorgeous tulle dresses, and when the Sugar Plum Fairy tiptoes on-stage, I inevitably decide that I’m going to become a ballerina when I grow up. It’s never too late to start over, right?
The Nutcracker at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre tells the same timeless story every year, but it’s interpreted in a slightly different way depending on the troupe. This year, Ballet BC presents performances by Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet–one of the most celebrated companies in the country–from December 12 to 14.
I’m excited to see what this version will bring. Of course, there will be tutus. But also, apparently, some uniquely Canadian touches.
Countdown to Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Nutcracker