When the holidays come around one of the first things that come to mind for me is the Nutcracker. I danced in a production of the Nutcracker for 4 years, playing a variety of roles from, party girls, soldier, rat army, Arabian, Chinese dancers, Russian dancers, snow, ocean, ahh so many roles over the year!
The Goh Ballet in Vancouver has been training dancers and putting on impeccable shows. This year I am so excited to attend their Nutcracker on December 22, in Vancouver at my favourite the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
I was able to do an interview with Chan Hon Goh the executive producer of the Nutcracker. When her impressive dancer career, I was so excited to hear her thoughts on the antic that live arts and dance can bring to the audience! Check out the interview below!
For you why is the Nutcracker such an important show to put on?
[CHG] The significance of Nutcracker is there is such a feeling of nostalgia and family element to the story. From our premiere in 2009, the idea was to create a show that would become a Vancouver holiday tradition. Much like all other major cities in the world, we believe that Vancouver deserves a Nutcracker to call our very own. We strive to produce an exquisite production each year with international guests and live music. These all contribute to artistic growth as well as building the cultural scene in the city.
What was your favourite role to play in the Nutcracker?
[CHG] The Sugar Plum Fairy. Making magic and dancing to the majestic music of the Grand Pas de Deux is unforgettable.
What is your favourite scene in the show and why?
[CHG] My favorite scene is the Snow Scene although, I love the Battle Scene too. I suppose this year for me, the Snow Scene really resonates as I have danced it countless times as a dancer but I am coaching the dancers and getting them ready for the stage this year as a first.
Why do you feel it is important for kids to attend live performances of art?
[CHG] Live performance is such a powerful and impactful element to children’s upbringing. The exposure from a young age cultivates creativity, imagination and empowers one to believe in making the impossible, possible. There is nothing like developing artistic appreciation from a young age.
What’s one thing you would love everyone to know about the nutcracker this year?
[CHG] I can describe our show with tremendous passion but I think the most convincing thing might be “Seeing is Believing”.
Thank you Goh Ballet for sharing these beautiful images of the Nutcracker.
I can’t wait to see the show, and if you would like to experience the magic of the Nutcracker they have two shows daily December 21,22,and 23! You can check out ticket here.
I would love to know if you have seen he Nutcracker before?