Happy Holidays, everyone! I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. It feels very much like the calm before the holiday sugar-plum sweetened storm, and my life outside the theater has been very busy. The closest to theater that I got to see recently was the festive Christmas parade at Disneyland (in 84 degree weather, I might add). It was a veritable explosion of Christmas spirit, with a song that wouldn’t die in my head and props and costumes to satisfy the most materialistic of Christmas consumers.
The first full week of December seems to be the week where holiday shows open. I will be attending two, if not three, including Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s Aurelia’s Oratorio starring Charlie Chaplin’s granddaughter and directed by her mother. A quote by AurÃ©lia ThierrÃ©e on working with her mother from an article in the Seattle Times: “If another director told me we’ll begin the show with you in a chest of drawers, and end with a train going over your stomach, I would have said no!” Mark Morris’ The Hard Nut opens that week as well at Cal Performances, which I’m finally looking forward to seeing live. And last but not least, SF Ballet’s glorious Nutcracker opens on December 8.
Elsewhere, the Nutcracker season has started at New York City Ballet. I especially enjoyed Oberon’s Grove take on the opening night performance. Funny how audience misbehavior can ruin a night, no?
And finally, SF Ballet’s lovely Yuan Yuan Tan is on the cover of Dance magazine this month, as featured on the SF Ballet Blog. I’m always looking for an excuse to buy this magazine (it’s such a luxury, in my limited student budget) and this month, I think I’ll have to treat myself.