We’ve been reminiscing a lot with the happenings in town lately, so this week we’re doing a special flashback to a couple of our favourite conversations on the annual holiday dance fuss, The Nutcracker. Remember that time in 2014 when Alberta Ballet invited us to do a walk-on in Act I? And in 2017 when we talked to a wee mouse and party kid? Sweet, sweet memories. Listen in.
Our hosts chuckled all the way through last week’s visit by Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. An all-male comedy dance troupe, the Trocks dragged out all the sacred cows of the ballet world and beat them with lipstick and pointe shoes.
Alberta Ballet solves the annual writer’s dilemma of finding unique ways to cover The Nutcracker by casting our hosts in the opening party scene. Paul sees the show for the first time from both sides of the stage, and Fawnda gets hooked into a big, gold dress—all in this very special holiday episode.
Paul and Fawnda take in Alberta Ballet‘s The Three Musketeers, David Nixon’s new, slightly odd, and swashbuckling take on the classic, plus a rundown of all the dance happenings coming up in Edmonton (PS: There’s a LOT of dance coming up. And we’re not even talking about The Nutcracker yet.)
Plus, Paul sees Alberta Ballet‘s production of Giselle. It’s his first classical ballet and the experience leads him to debate with Fawnda about whether ballet needs to evolve to remain relevant. Have a listen and let us know what you think!
Fawnda and Paul return to chat about capable backs, monster shapes, cat hands, and “the dinosaur run” as they review Alberta Ballet: Up Close presented by BWDC and PPS Danse’s Danse Lhasa Danse.