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Weekender: Memories of loss and delight

While Cloud Gate’s ‘Smoke’ is an homage to the passing of youth and the loss of love, the Kaohsiung City Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’ is a simple version of the Christmas classic, filled with sugary visions and sweet delights

By Diane Baker  /  Staff reporter

Georgescu is also the magician who provided the vivid visual link between the sugary goodies that were once luxuries and the Act II dances they are supposed to represent — chocolate from the New World (the Spanish dance), coffee from the Middle East (the Arabian dance), tea (the Chinese dance), rock candies (the Russian dance) — filling the backdrop with projections of iced donuts, beautifully decorated cupcakes and cakes, candy canes, a technicolor Arabian mosaic, and fields of tea bushes and flowers. The pictures were stunning, but they never distracted from the action on the floor and more than made up for the lack of a set.

The show would make a wonderful annual or biennial production for the KCB, although the funding and logistics of dance productions in Taiwan probably make that an unlikely prospect. However, there is one more performance of The Nutcracker scheduled, for Saturday at the Pingtung County Art Center.

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