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NYCB Vol. 5 No. 9 - Nutcracker

[9/50] A review from the first season of Balanchine's The Nutcracker:

“[Miss Adams] is not essentially a bravura dancer, and the Sugar Plum Fairy is a bravura role, yet she made a distinguished thing of it […] She phrases with extraordinary beauty, not alone in the musical sense, but also in her awareness of the choreographer’s phrase—where he begins a sequence, how he develops it and when he finishes it. This provides a real illumination of formal values. There is also an inner justification for her movement; when, for example, she leaps to her partner’s shoulder, she not only moves up, but also thinks up. Thus, even though she was nervous on this occasion, she brought a fresh and valid beauty to the role.” — John Martin, New York Times, 1954

Diana Adams and Andre Eglevsky in the Grand Pas de Deux

Photo by Fred Fehl cir. 1954-59

Diana Adams as Sugar Plum Fairy, Nicholas Magallanes as her Cavalier. 1957 CBC Telecast.

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