DanceView Times, Washington, D.C. edition
Volume 1, Number 14 An online supplement to DanceView magazine
The Kirov's Gargoyle Nutcracker
Kirov's Nutcracker is rebel, and for Russia that is novel (Fedor
Lopukhov's version having been forgotten) even though it isn't for us.
It starts, however, with Tchaikovsky's familiar music which was as finely
etched as frostflowers on the windowpane and as clear as sleighbells drawing
near. The entire score sounded glorious under Mikhail Argrest's baton
in the crisp yet never harsh acoustics of the re-engineered KC Opera House.
When the curtain rose to show painter Mihail Chemiakin's sets and costumes,
and reveal his concept, there was much food for thought. Kirill Simonov's
choreography seldom strayed far from Chemiakin's idea that Nutcracker
is really a danse macabre.
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