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{Nutcracker} in Black & White

Carolina Ballet performed its new {Nutcracker} for the second year now and the dancers felt much more comfortable with the production. We performed it last season to sold-out houses and rave reviews. Luckily, this year is the same. A few dancers were given opportunities to try new roles, but for the most part the production and casting remained identical.

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The dancers were fortunate enough to have Olga Kostritzky, a world-renowned ballet coach, for the {Nutcracker} season. Her main focus was to oversee the end of Act I Snow Scene. With the exception of the new company members, all the women have danced in this scene as corps or principles for many years. After countless stage & studio rehearsals and performances, the steps become second nature and we could almost do them in our sleep.

Unfortunately, the precision of technique and accuracy of the steps get blurry when this happens. By the time we made it on stage this season after our rehearsals with Olga, we were all better dancers. She always presents a positive and enriching energy that is hard to explain, but she makes you want to be the best dancer you can. The steps can remain the same, but she shapes our perspective on how to execute each movement. Every dancer can interpret corrections differently, but my case she helped me look at the routine snow steps that I’ve done for the past three years in a more artistic and challenging way.

During a studio rehearsal, Olga said –

“Ladies, your arms need to be sharp and crisp. Like crispy chicken.”

Here are some beautiful Black & White photos by Tim Lytvinenko during this holiday {Nutcracker} season.

Jaimon Howell preparing to be a mouse in Rober Weiss' "The Nutcracker." Photo by © Tim Lytvinenko.

Jaimon Howell preparing to be a mouse in Robert Weiss’ “The Nutcracker.” Photo by © Tim Lytvinenko.

A Cat and snowflake preparing for their moment on stage in Rober Weiss' "The Nutcracker." Photo by © Tim Lytvinenko.

A Cat and snowflake preparing for their moment on stage in Robert Weiss’ “The Nutcracker.” Photo by © Tim Lytvinenko.

Buddies and soldiers preparing for battle in Robert Weiss' "The Nutcracker." Photo by © Tim Lytvinenko.

Buddies and soldiers preparing for battle in Robert Weiss’ “The Nutcracker.” Photo by © Tim Lytvinenko.

One mouse with her head on backstage in Robert Weiss' "The Nutcracker." Photo by © Tim Lytvinenko.

One mouse with her head on backstage in Robert Weiss’ “The Nutcracker.” Photo by © Tim Lytvinenko.

The Battle Scene in Robert Weiss’ “The Nutcracker.” Photo by © Tim Lytvinenko.

The Battle Scene in Robert Weiss’ “The Nutcracker.” Photo by © Tim Lytvinenko.

Zalman Raffael as Chinese in Robert Weiss' "The Nutcracker." Photo by © Tim Lytvinenko.

Zalman Raffael as Chinese in Robert Weiss’ “The Nutcracker.” Photo by © Tim Lytvinenko.

Gingerbread children backstage in Robert Weiss' "The Nutcracker." Photo by © Tim Lytvinenko.

Gingerbread children backstage in Robert Weiss’ “The Nutcracker.” Photo by © Tim Lytvinenko.

Lara O’Brien as Arabian Coffee preparing her coffee cup in Robert Weiss' "The Nutcracker." Photo by © Tim Lytvinenko.

Lara O’Brien as Arabian Coffee preparing her coffee cup in Robert Weiss’ “The Nutcracker.” Photo by © Tim Lytvinenko.

Act II with Lindsay Purrington as Ribbon Candy  in Robert Weiss' "The Nutcracker." Photo by © Tim Lytvinenko.

Act II with Lindsay Purrington as Ribbon Candy in Robert Weiss’ “The Nutcracker.” Photo by © Tim Lytvinenko.

Lilyan Vigo Ellis, as Sugar Plum Fairy, with Marcelo Martinez, her cavalier, in Robert Weiss' "The Nutcracker." Photo by © Tim Lytvinenko.

Lilyan Vigo Ellis, as Sugar Plum Fairy, with Marcelo Martinez, her cavalier, in Robert Weiss’ “The Nutcracker.” Photo by © Tim Lytvinenko.

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3 Comments

  1. Pingback: Program #3: The Nutcracker (Season #16) | Twirling Terpsichorean

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