Beauty and grace

1 12 2007

I jumped on the opportunity to photograph a production of The Nutcracker this past Saturday night. I was hired to photograph a young dancer, Alexa (shown in the collage below), for my Hearing Loss Magazine. I photographed the entire show, but concentrated on getting shots of her for our magazine. This was the first time I had seen The Nutcracker and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Hats off to the Classical Ballet Theatre ( for this beautiful production! Stay tuned for additional photos of other dancers from this troupe. I’ve photographed a play or two before (in my college days), but this is a first to cover a dance performance. It was fast-paced, colorful, and challenging shooting sans flash in a dark theatre with varying light plays and lots of movement!

I googled for details on the history of The Nutcracker Story (ashamed to say I knew little about the story until now), and found this:

The NutCracker Ballet

In 1891, world renowned choreographer Marius Petipa commissioned Peter Tchaikovsky to compose the music for Alexandre Dumas’s adaptation of E.T.A. Hoffman’s tale “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.” Its first performance in 1892 was a complete failure –– its critics and audience disliked it. However, since then, The Nutcracker has been the most widely performed ballet in the world. Almost every ballet company from Australia to Europe and Asia to America performs the The Nutcracker during the holiday season. The reason being, in 1954, George Balanchine, yet another world renowned choreographer, created a new production of The Nutcracker. If you’ve seen The Nutcracker, it was most likely a version based on Balanchine’s.

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© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved.


And a few more images…




One response

3 12 2007

Hey Cindy…these are GORGEOUS pictures! Alexa is beautiful! I haven’t ever been to a ballet, and definitely not the Nutcracker…I would love to go sometime! Thanks for sharing the pictures with us!
Jennifer 🙂

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