Wings of Wax, a widely acclaimed ballet performance, opened Thursday night at the Boston Opera House in Downtown Crossing, Boston. Structured in three parts – George Balanchine’s Donizetti Variations, Jiri Kylian’s Wings of Wax, and Alexander Ekman’s Cacti – the two-hour show by the Boston Ballet combines live orchestra performances with dances choreographed around curious props.
Young Clara Silberhaus falls asleep after a Christmas party, with the Nutcracker doll that was a gift from her beloved uncle, snuggled in her arms. What ensues thereafter is a magical dream, that takes Clara, played by Delia Wada-Gill, on a journey through the enchanted forest to the Nutcracker Prince’s kingdom.
Like every other girl, I grew up believing in fairy tales. My childhood was filled with dreamy characters – prince and princesses, magicians and knights, witches and monsters, goblins and dwarfs. The world was not made of skyscrapers and busy cities, but was built into one magnificent castle, packed in a musical snow globe. And the only question I always asked secretly was, “What if, someday it all came true?” And last night, it really did.