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NYCB Vol. 5 No. 17 - Nutcracker

[17/50] Suzanne Farrell on the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy: “She has all the authority. She is an elegant lady, beautiful and kind; and even though she is the ruler, she does not make anyone feel inferior or unworthy. There are children and adults in her kingdom, and she treats all of them with dignity. Manners and poise are required by all—always."

"Mr. Balanchine treated all human beings with respect, including children. He never talked down to them, or for that matter choreographed down to them. He dealt with all people at their highest level and assumed that they would behave at that level. And that is what the Sugar Plum Fairy does too.”

—Suzanne Farrell in Ellen Switzer’s, The Nutcracker: A Story & a Ballet (affiliate link)

Suzanne Farrell. Photos by Martha Swope, 1976.

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