I went to see the National Ballet of Canada's Nutcracker recently, and it remains one of my favourite seasonal productions. I've seen several of the National Ballet's incarnations of the Nutcracker over the years and have been lucky to see Karen Kain, Xiao Nan Yu, Heather Ogden, Sonia Rodriguez and many of the company's great Prinicpal Dancers as the Sugar Plum Fairy.
James Kudelka's libretto is wondrous and his choreography gives the company a chance to showcase the company's depth. Santo Loquasto's set and costume design are a visual feast. And of course Tchaikovsky's music transcends time and transports me whenever I hear it.
The experience of seeing it at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts makes the evening a world-class ticket. Designed by architect Jack Diamond, the Four Seasons Centre is a grand home for the ballet and the Canadian Opera Company.
Here's a short video of the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts: