The Nutcracker & The Girl With The Shell
FROM OUR VISUAL ARTS COMMUNITY…
Some of the inspirations we have drawn from our visual artists have been completely resolved within the ballet, while some are still taking shape; making the work as a whole seem like a living entity – expanding and contracting. The sections of the work that remain in progress will, undoubtedly, be resolved over the next few of years. Here are some of the visual artists who have inspired us . . .
The adaptation of the story was partly inspired by Fred Ross’ Girl With Shell.
A new set for the opening scene is presently being conceptualized, with inspiration from the colours, shapes, and perspectives we see in Holly McKay's work. (Look at a tiny mock-up on our EVERY TUESDAY page.)
In the PCDA Nutcracker, the traditional Drosselmeyer is split between two characters: Aunt Flossie was inspired by Jim Stackhouse’s Aunt Flossie; Uncle Knight emerges from the shadows of Alan Bateman’s Night Lily, Paul Mathieson's Alexandra Park, Ian MacEachern's Three Men, and a very cool work by John Pottle. Also, I think he borrowed a cape from Peter Salmon’s Props from MacBeth.
The figures who come to life in Aunt Flossie and Uncle Knight’s scene were inspired by several of Fred Ross’ works, as well as Peter Salmon’s Puppets.
The “Fancy Ladies” continue to be inspired by the likes of:
Angela Morgan’s Tickle My Fancy
Octavio Ribeiro’s Lady with a Top Hat
Colin Smith’s Spiral Staircase
Fred Ross’ Lady In Black
Holly Carr’s Wine Balance
The emotional inspiration for the Fog & Water scene may be obvious, the visual inspiration continues to come from Sarah Jones’ Studies in Charcoal and Fog, John Pottle's Soul Tattoo, and Alexandra Flood’s beautiful Blue Madonna.
Oh, if only I could get our snow to look as magical as Light and Shade by Jaya Krishnan, or The Church at Perth Andover by Violet Gillett!
Port City Dance Academy’s Sugarplum In Writing was inspired by anything In Writing by Hertzl Kashetsky.
Our “Visions of Sugarplums”…
#1 (Spanish) Inspired by Cathy Hooper’s Progreso and Suzanne Hill's Finds
#2 (Arabian) The inspiration lies is somewhere between Suzanne Hill’s High Water Mark, Rick Burns Body Transparent, and Miller Brittain's Pink Figures.
#3 (Chinese) Cryptic inspiration from Toby Graser’s Cryptic Message #33.
#4 (Russian) Definitely from Werner Arnold’s Carnival Series. I wonder if he really is friendly? I call our Trepak “Carnival Beans”!
#5 (Mother Ginger – which we at PCDA call “Lollypops”) will continue to be inspired by the Sonic Lovehearts and other very cool work of Cliff Turner.
#6 (Reed Flutes) From Cathy Ross’ Trout on a Plate. (See the tutus in progress on our EVERY TUESDAY page.)
*Special thanks to the galleries who promote our local artists (visit them!) and to the artists themselves (support them!) not only for the fine work we are able to visit in person, but also to their amazing websites they open a whole new world that we otherwise might not enter.