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Nutcracker

Nutcracker

I watched Nutcracker with Pat tonight, to be exact, I was sleeping next to Pat when she was watching the ballet. Originally I wanted to write an review about Nutcracker, then I realize I didn’t watch much of the show. My eye lid already felt heavy after the opening dance. I struggled to keep myself awake, trying hard to appreciate the movement on the stage. The dance is all about meaningless ponite toe spins and random arm movement. I gave up soon after I failed to make any sense out of the dance.

Then I try stay awake by thinking whether ballet is an art using art theories I learn form my atheistic class. Tchaikovsky created the music, it’s definitely an art. The plot of Nutcracker is adapted from a children story, which is also an art. However are there any arts in the ballet dancers? Undoubtedly, there are strict technical skills a dancer has to master in ballet, but they are just the puppets of the director. The dancers did not create anything new in the process, they can be replaced by robots that can dance the same movement precisely without affecting the artistic value of the show. I was thinking and thinking, my mind wandered further and further away from the stage, eventually I doze off in the middle of the 2nd scene. I slept through the whole act II after the intermission, only briefly awake when I heard the familiar Nutcracker theme music.

After I came home, I did some research on the history of ballet in Wiki. It started in Renaissance Italian as performance and developed by the French King in 17th century to become today’s complex system. My hypothesis is ballet is not an art, it is merely an trade to serve the royals and the nobles. Since monarchy is obsoleted in modern society, as a symbol of the past, ballet should also be discouraged or even abolished. I am still formulating my arguments to support my hypothesis. One day I will able to justify why no one should go to watch a ballet ever.

6 comments to Nutcracker

  • uncleray

    幸好我的大人不會看這些表演了,否則我也會如你一樣。

  • 真巧,我和淘日前也看過Nutcracker。我平時聽慣古典音樂,對芭蕾舞沒有多少認識,純綷想見識下。相比於之前看過的天鵝湖,Nutcracker的劇情好像弱了一點。

    你是第二幕睡著嗎?我反而覺得第一幕覺得昏昏欲睡,因為音樂有點悶,第二幕就比較醒神。

    我雖然不懂欣賞芭蕾舞,但如果說是不值一看,似乎有點誇張吧?

  • trishama

    wai….

    lots of kids went to the show…
    even my highschool choir mate was there… (just bumped into her in the blue!)

    i’ve always wanted to go since I was a little girl already…
    i love this show because it tells about the dream of a little girl… of course, you don’t seem to appreciate the message out from this show! you are just way too technical…
    and so boring… =p

  • 薯﹕ 我不是說芭蕾舞不值一看﹐而是說它根本不應該在現代社會存在啊﹗如果芭蕾舞被歷史淘汰﹐咁天下的老公就不用被老婆捉去睇芭蕾舞了。

  • well, ballet is good…

    i was a ballet dancer in elementary school!
    loved it!! =)

    – your wife

  • 就算沒了芭蕾舞,老公一樣會被老婆捉去看其他偶像歌手的的所謂演唱會,對我黎說,這才是最難受的,因為太嘈,想睡都睡不著。

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