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.