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)