When we think of ballet at its best, The Nutcracker almost always dances through our heads. Children across the world have been delighted by this fanciful Christmas ballet, and countless ballet companies have performed the work.
Of course, what child doesn’t dream of toys that come to life, and wouldn’t be thrilled at the thought of not only journeying to a magical Land of Sweets, but being crowned its ruler?
The musical score by Tchaikovsky, however, is the true secret to this ballet’s success. We all recognize The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy when we hear it, don’t we? See… you’re humming it to yourself now!
Tchaikovsky delivers a score which captures the dreamlike state of the story and the unique culture and flavor of each character within the ballet. The experience is fun, educational, and full of Christmas magic.
And of course, when it comes to Christmas, we don’t have to think too hard to point people to Christ. He is the reason for this wonderful season, which is something we can celebrate throughout the year.
“She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”
And now, without further ado… The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy!
Photo Credit: The Nutcracker in Opera and Ballet Theater, Minsk – Хомелка CC 3.0
This post was submitted as part of the A to Z Challenge, where participants agree to write an article that corresponds to each letter of the alphabet, posting every day of the month of April (except Sundays).
Here on The Artistic Christian, my theme for the month is The Classics. Each day I’ll examine a book, film, or work of art that has become a beloved classic and discuss what has made it such a success, and what eternal themes it contains that Christian artists can use as modern illustrations.
For daily reflections from my personal travels around the world, check out my companion blog, Everyday Musings, where my theme for April is Reflections From Around the World.