The Dance Company Performs a Festive Rendition of “The Nutcracker”

Violet Smale, Staff writer

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This past holiday weekend, Nov. 24-26, The Dance Company put on its annual production of Tchaikovsky’s ballet, “The Nutcracker”, at St. Norbert College, directed by Shirley Van.

As a frequent attendee of the annual “Nutcracker” production at the Meyer Theatre, I came into Van’s production with high expectations.

Upon entering the theatre, audiences were greeted with Christmas carols sung by a small group of talented female singers. This was a very pleasant surprise and significantly contributed to the warmth and holiday cheer of the production.

The first act featured a refreshing age range of dancers, adding to the realism of the production. The stage was beautifully set to transport the audience to the magical world of “The Nutcracker.”

I noticed the first several scenes seemed to lack the poise one would expect from a production of such a renowned ballet. The choreography was beautiful, but seemed the slightest bit sloppy in large group numbers, specifically in the party scene. Needless to say, with a cast as large and diverse as Van’s it certainly couldn’t have been easy to make such a large number absolutely perfect. Several dancers, however, stuck out to me with their poise and elegance, which was refreshing to see.

The entire act redeemed itself with the entrance of the protagonist, Clara’s older self, portrayed by professional ballerina, Marize Fumero.

Fumero’s dancing was nothing short of breathtaking, as was that of her male counterpart, Davit Hovhannisyan.

I can only summarize Act Two of the production with one word: magical. Whether it can be credited to the ballerinas, or simply the spirit of the ballet itself, I don’t know, but the magic in the theatre was tangible.

The most memorable performance of the ballet was easily Hovhannisyan and Fumero’s beautiful rendition of “Pas de Deux”. With choreography as emotional as it was beautiful, the duet took my breath away.

This reviewer left with an overall positive impression of the production, which can be credited to the pristine and stunning performance by the principal dancers. “The Nutcracker” was guaranteed to leave audiences overflowing with holiday spirit.