THE NUTCRACKER ON ICE
The Nutcracker On Ice
Tony Mercer, Evgeny Platov, Maxim Staviski, designers scenic designer Eamon D’Arcy and Albina Gabueva
at ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre, Auckland
From 3 Jul 2012 to 8 Jul 2012
Reviewed by Bernadette Rae, 5 Jul 2012
originally published in NZ Herald
Spectacular, bedazzling, vertiginous with talent, amazing, the Imperial Ice Stars' performance of The Nutcracker surely courts danger! The stage seems small and Row H in the ASB Theatre feels perilously close as the cast of 26 hit the ice en masse, while Tchaikovsky's famous ballet score is played at speed and flurries of snow fling upwards at the very last moment, right on the edge, with a distinct "chunk" as artists hurl themselves into sudden, gob-smacking stops.
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