It wouldn’t be the holidays without Drosslemeyer’s magic, Mouse King, a Sugar Plum Fairy and a little girl with a Nutcracker Prince. I have to admit that … Continue reading Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker by Jennifer Tarrazi-Scully
Through all the virtuosic dancing a strange theme emerged – hugs. They appeared in almost every piece. Mixing an embrace into unbelievable choreography, creating dynamics between the simple and the complicated is a lovely way to give the audience eye a break. The everyman can identify with this basic human expression. Continue reading Complexions… Thanksgiving in NYC by Jennifer Tarrazi-Scully
I love a town with pride and feel that Nashville Ballet told the classic holiday tale, but also took the opportunity to pay homage to their fair town. This version of the story takes place in 1897 at the Tennessee Centennial Exposition. Clara and her Uncle Drosselmeyer stroll through the international vendors and buy a little Nutcracker doll from a German toy maker. Continue reading The Nutcracker Nashville Style by Jennifer Tarrazi-Scully
How does one know the holidays are coming? We begin with the act of reading the classic book by Dr. Seuss to the little ones before bedtime. Then, we all sit around the TV to enjoy the half hour special narrated by Boris Karloff. The Ron Howard movie with Jim Carrey portraying the main character is also an option. On top of all that… Atlanta gets to enjoy a live interpretation of the story at the fabulous Fox Theater this year. If you haven’t figured it out, I’m talking about that squirmy green guy, with a tiny heart, who tries to ruin Christmas for everyone, The Grinch. Continue reading How The Grinch Stole Christmas, the Musical by Jennifer Tarrazi-Scully
There was sword play, the breaking of hard objects with body parts, beautiful costumes, dancing Chinese dragons and the balancing of many lit candelabras. The part that makes this more than a circus show is that there is also a decent story to tie it all together. Everything you need for Far East family fun. Continue reading Imperial Acrobats of China by Jennifer Tarrazi-Scully
When you think street dance, does high abstract French art come to mind?
Imagine a giant, rectangular, three dimensional, glow in the dark box. Now see tiny colorful lights within the depths of this strange alien shape, skittering like fireflies in a jar. The music, by Julien Lepreux, is a delicate piano score superimposed with sirens and street sounds. We see a female figure in silhouette with hard sharp movements superimposed on her delicate slight frame. She looks like a comic strip martial artist. Four men join her walking, then running around the box looking over their shoulders as though being chased. Continue reading “France Atlanta Presents: Pierre Rigal’s ASPHALTE by Jennifer Tarrazi-Scully”
I love a dance company who takes the time to embrace all audience members. Atlanta Ballet did just that this weekend at the Cobb Energy Center. … Continue reading The Four Seasons: Live with the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra by Jennifer Tarrazi-Scully