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A Night at The Nutcracker

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I'm always amazed at innovations in set design and the scrims and moving parts that make up a modern day performance. When I saw the New York City Ballet performing George Balanchine's "The Nutcracker," I was reminded of the Candyland game I played growing up. (Candyland and Necco wafers are my barometers for colors, even as an adult).

"The Land of Sweets" in the ballet was like the board game come to life. The David H. Koch Theater is the perfect setting for this show -- with its light fixtures that look like giant faceted gems it's almost as if you've stepped inside a genie's lamp. The set design, music, and dancing did not disappoint. If you're in New York, the performance runs through Dec. 30, but to bring a little bit of the story to your own Christmas celebration, check out Martha Stewart Weddings editorial director Darcy Miller's incredible party.

(Photos by Paul Kolnik)

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Comments (2)

  • Hi Kevin, one of my favorite ballet productions, I can't wait to watch it with my princess in Feb at Royal Opera House in London. I saw Darcy's party theme created from the Nutcracker, I love love it, I Salute Darcy. She is an inspiration, a wish of mine to meet her one day.
    PS I saw Martha's blog today the Holiday brunch part I. Wow! Amazingly beautiful Christmas at her house. Everything looks perfect, Love love all the details, the decor and the food. I can't wait for part II.
    Best wishes

  • I was most fortunate enough to see this ballet last Christmas and thought then it was the most amazing ballet to transport oneself back to your childhood. NYC you should be very proud of your ballet company!

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