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Everything’s beautiful at the ballet

KIMBERLY NICOLETTIsummit daily news

You may have seen the holiday’s most beloved ballet, “The Nutcracker,” before, but chances are, you haven’t seen it on the grand scale the Colorado Ballet presents it this year.The Colorado Ballet’s “Nutcracker” delights the eyes and ears; a 40-piece orchestra swells with Tchaikovsky’s uplifting compositions, and 90 young performers and several up-and-coming principal dancers leap, turn and generally fill the stage with glee.And then there’s the set. “The Nutcracker” opens with a whimsically painted backdrop of a toyshop. But it just keeps getting better. When the backdrop opens, even more spectacular sights await: a gorgeous Victorian home with all the trimmings hosts dancers in ornate costumes, a frosty snowscape romanticizes winter and a dreamland fills the entire second act.A story written by E.T.A. Hoffman in 1816 inspired the ballet, which depicts the tale of a German girl and her magical adventure through exotic worlds (including the Land of Snow and Land of Sweets, complete with sugarplum fairies). All of the performers do a splendid job enlivening Russian, Arabian, Chinese, Spanish and other world dancers.The show is perfect for kids of all ages but also thoroughly entertaining for adults. Sunday’s matinee filled the house with a host of children (particularly girls), dressed in holiday velvet and sparkles.The Colorado Ballet tends to produce its ballets in a way that appeals to all types of audiences; its productions employ much more than traditional tutus, pointe shoes and pirouettes. The company always puts an exciting spin (no pun intended) on its shows, and “The Nutcracker” is no exception. While it’s not usually politically correct to laugh at a ballet, you’ll find yourself chuckling along with fellow viewers at humorous characters, like the giant Mother Ginger, who adds some shoulder shakin’ and club dancin’ to her routine.As Gil Boggs, the artistic director of the Academy of Colorado Ballet puts it:”It just doesn’t get any better than this.”

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