National Ballet of China’s The Chinese New Year, a Chinese adaptation of the Christmas classic The Nutcracker, is without a doubt the most extravagant celebration of the national holiday that anyone could hope for. Using the original Tchaikovsky score, this version was choreographed in 2010.
One wonders how Petipa and Tchaikovsky would feel about The Dance of the Toffee Hawthorns or the Peg-Top, among others, but overall The Chinese New Year is an admirable ode to both a western ballet classic and to Chinese culture. Mostly, it is a fun way to spend a cold evening in the run up to Spring Festival.
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