Princess Genevieve and Prince Liam visited the Kingdom of America’s capital this weekend and stopped to see The Washington Ballet’s Nutcracker. Genevieve recounts her experience. below.
Washington Ballet Nutcracker Review
It was the most magical performance that I have ever seen of my favorite ballet and Christmas story. And I have seen countless productions. I danced along with Mikhail Baryshnikov’s Nutcracker VHS daily as a little girl (read more about my obsessive ballerina-ness here). I can hardly sit still when I hear this music. During the show I felt my muscles twitching to the beat of Tchaikovsky’s score. This music runs through my veins.
The creativity of The Washington Ballet’s Artistic Director is unmatched. Not only were the company, gorgeous set, and dreamy costumes truly “en pointe”, each element of this beloved story has been carefully pirouetted into American history. Clara’s family lives in Georgetown, George Washington as the Nutcracker battled the Mouse King George, the Cherry Blossom Queen danced the Sugar Plum Fairy, they highlighted the American people’s excitement of the Frontier and the Native Americans. I could go on and on, as there were so many whimsical details borrowed from American history.
I was in awe.
My grandmother, Queen Aurelia, loved the city of Washington, DC. She came to the city as a young girl during WWII, against the King’s (her father) wishes, to help the American Navy in the WAVES. She was enchanted by the magic of this city her entire life. I wish so that she could have seen her favorite song, The Waltz of the Flowers, danced as Washington’s cheery Cherry Blossoms. I am so thankful that she shared her love for Washington and The Nutcracker with me.
You simply must see this production. I have been dancing about since Sunday’s show. It was gorgeous. I want to see it again and again!
Peek into the magic of this production in this clip of the company’s performance at the 2009 Cherry Blossom Festival.
Do let us know if you go see The Nutcracker!
when you go to the ballet, you must dress like a ballerina.
You may have noticed a theme in our Whimsical Wednesday posts this year. These lovely, crisp drawings are from Grounded on the Day‘s journal. Go leave a sweet message of thanks for all of their lovely drawings.
It’s Whimsical Wednesday! Happy Haiku Day! Have you written anything clever today?
April 17, National Haiku Poetry Day, is a celebration of the genre of haiku, a kind of poetry whose origins date back a millennium in Japan; and more specifically, of English-language haiku, which has now been written for more than a century. Registered by Sari Grandstaff in 2007 and implemented as a project of The Haiku Foundation in 2012, it occurs in the heart of the United States’ celebration of National Poetry Month. Source
The princesses had some fun writing their own haikus. See what you think!
No matter what you’ve Been told, the true treasures of life are your friendships.
Pirate Princess Clara
Fairies are my friends With them, the dance never ends till the sun comes up
Life of a princess: Exciting, elegant, fun. Friends are forever.
Simply Beautiful Bright Shining Princess like You Dream the Biggest Dreams
When wearing the crown Be a role model for all. Smile, sparkle, shine.
Manners and grace are The two things that will make you Truly a princess.
Though stars in the sky, Take you far away, but there’s Just no place like home.
Pirate Princess Clara
Under the sea you’ll, Find many treasures, and lots of beautiful shells!
Mermaid Princess Coral
Dancing and singing, All the day through, its so much fun I cannot stop!
Fairy Princess Faelia
We hope this inspires you to take five minutes today to write one of your own!