A taste of China
With the celebration of Chinese New Year, Ballet Manila presents this Chinese-themed scene from one of the most popular ballets of all time – The Nutcracker. In the second act of this Christmas favorite, Clara and the Nutcracker Prince visit the Kingdom of Sweets where they are treated to a celebration of treats from around the world. The goodies -- chocolate from Spain, coffee from Arabia, tea from China and candy canes from Russia -- are represented in a series of dances by performers clad in costumes representative of each place. The Chinese snippet is a lively one, and with the performers dancing enthusiastically and smiling widely to the bouncy score, this scene is unsurprisingly one of the most cheered in The Nutcracker.
Photo by Ocs Alvarez