It is simply earlier than midday on Schermerhorn Avenue, and a girl speeding down the road is stopped chilly in her tracks.
She stares via the window at two dozen younger dancers who throw their our bodies up in entrance of her, their arms spreading backward, sweeping like a swan’s wings. They swing downward once more, in swish arcs to an improbably willowy angle. It’s November, and for the Brooklyn Ballet meaning just one factor — the Nutcracker is coming.
The Brooklyn Ballet is to its bigger Manhattan neighbor a lot what every borough is to the opposite; the decidedly extra classical presentation of the spectacular Lincoln Heart productions provides means right here to LED tutus, a broad and purposefully numerous forged, and daring decisions for the Nutcracker suite, which for this ballet as another is the breadwinner for the whole 12 months. The manufacturing is ready throughout 400 years of borough historical past, from Dutch colonists till now, and is maybe the one manufacturing of the Nutcracker on the market with Native Individuals, subway trains, hip-hop, and stomach dancers thrown into the combo.
The place different cities have the stage, right here the town, to a sure diploma, *is* the stage: Final 12 months, the Brooklyn Ballet took over the Brooklyn Museum for its perennial Yuletide manufacturing, and subsequent 12 months it is going to be the 90-year-old King’s Theatre on Flatbush Avenue. The dancers pose for pictures on the close by Brooklyn Farmacy soda fountain, on the metropolis cemetery, at Coney Island. The road-level studios in downtown Brooklyn, and its floor-to-ceiling home windows invite a bevy of idle onlookers, wide-eyed kids and their nannies, a cop or two, and building employees — some mockingly, some not — practising their very own pirouettes.
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