Saturday, December 11, 2010

In the Land of Sweets...

It is called a variety of names - "Dance of the Reed-Flutes," "Dance of the Mirlitons,"  "Danish Marzipan Shepherdesses," "Pastoral" or simply "Marzipan."

This delightful variation, in the second act of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker Suite, is from the acclaimed American Ballet Theatre's 1977 television production starring Mikhail Baryshnikov and Gelsey Kirkland.  I do not know the names of these particular dancers, but their technique is wonderful and the performance is enchanting.


Quote of the Day

Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo.

H. G. Wells
(21 September 1866 – 13 August 1946)

British author, considered "the Father of Modern Science Fiction"