Wednesday, 27 November 2013 15:50

The Nutcracker: Ballet In Preview

Embarking on a magical journey to the Kingdom Of Sweets to meet the Sugar Plum Fairy, Nutcracker Alec Roberts prepares to dance his way into our hearts.

“For me it's a lot about music and what I respond to. I really like the 'Snow Pas' which is the scene where the Prince and the Snow Queen do a dance together. The music and choreography just moulds so well and I was fortunate enough to understudy that role and I really love it. Another scene is the ‘Grand Pas’ at the end where Sugar Plum and her Cavalier dance together, Tchaikovsky's music is so beautiful — it's stunning.

“Also because it is [set during] Christmas time I think that lends massive appeal. The ballet is so encompassing of such a variety of target audiences, everyone is going to enjoy it. So the choice was a no-brainer really.”

Performed on myriad occasions by ballet companies all over the world, the everlasting spark of imagination makes 'The Nutcracker' a timeless classic. “Ben Stevenson's version is regarded as one of the best in the world and it's not been [performed] in Australia yet. There are certainly a lot of magical tricks — without giving too much away – it's elaborate.”

An ethereal symphony, extravagant set and costumes designed to sparkle transform the stage into a transcendental masterpiece. “There has been many a costume fitting for all of us, there are just so many costumes! There is so much detail in them and it's a colourful production — it's not bland by any means. It's Christmas themed so it is joyful.”

Chasing perfection is a constant struggle for dancers, and Alec says he’s learning to balance perfectionism with just letting go and enjoying. “There has been a lot of practice involved in the Nutcracker role, especially because there is a lot of sword fighting. So it was interesting being new to having to fence and learning fencing skills and then cutting over to doing an hour of dancing.”

'The Nutcracker' will be performed at QPAC December 5-21.

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