Motiance brings The Nutcracker

POSTED: 11/23/12 12:46 PM

St. Maarten – December 1 will be the opening night of the seventh season of The Nutcracker. This Christmas story directed by Motiance Dance School Director Arlene Halley will also be a fundraising event for the Aids Foundation which commemorates World Aids Day that day.
“The Motiance Dance School and the Aids Foundation, we go back many years as the proceeds of the first Nutcracker production went to the Aids Foundation” Arlene Halley said. “Preparations for “The Nutcracker” have been underway since the summer. Motiance’s summer themed workshops were geared towards this famous ballet.” She continued.
The Nutcracker is not a stranger to St. Maarten. Since 1988, it started as a mini production by the Regina Ballet directed by Halley. “It has grown through the years to include the Motiance Dance School to present the full blown production as it is performed today. This will be the 7th season of this famous ballet on the island.” This particular production is based on the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo’s version kept alive by Miss Lanova in San Francisco and Northern California with choreography by Motiance Director Halley. The cast will be comprised of 45 members with original costumes dating back to the San Francisco years.
The origin of the Nutcracker, a classic Christmas Story, is a fairy tale ballet in two acts centered on a family’s Christmas Eve celebration. The story centers on a young girl’s Christmas Eve and her awakening to the wider world and romantic love. The music of The Nutcracker is from Tchaikovsky and originally choreographed by Marius Petipa. It was commissioned by the director of Moscow’s Imperial Theatres, Ivan Vsevolozhsky, in 1891, and premiered a week before Christmas 1892. Since premiering in western countries in the 1940s, this ballet has become perhaps the most popular to be performed around Christmas time.
The tickets for the premiere of The Nutcracker, which will go as a donation towards the Aids Foundation, are $100. This will include champagne and hors d’euvres. There will also be a silent auction and a “dancy” surprise.
The only other performance of The Nutcracker will be on December 19, and tickets for this show will be $20. All performances will be held at the Westin Dawn Beach Resort and start at 7:30 p.m. sharp. Tickets are available at the Motiance Dance School on Long wall road # 20 and from the cast or board members. For more information call 543-0600.

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