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The Magic Nut: A Prologue to the Nutcracker [Hardcover]

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The Magic Nut is a new ballet "prequel" to E.T.A. Hoffman's holiday classic. Based on Hoffman's own work, The Story of a Hard Nut, Chemiakin's adaptation shows fans how the Nutcracker character itself came into being. In performance, The Magic Nut explores the heroic qualities of the boy who was turned into a nutcracker for his virtuous deeds. Here is the creation of the ballet, scene by scene, with detailed sketches of the sets, costumes, masks, and props created for the production in 2005. Chemiakin's working style could not be better fitted to fairy tales and the colorful drawings featured here will delight ballet fans, costume designers, students of theater, and art lovers alike.
Mihail Chemiakin grew up in occupied East Germany, returned to Russia in 1957, and now lives in New York's Hudson Valley. Chemiakin's first production of The Nutcracker in 2001 was premiered at the Mariinsky Theatre, and played in Moscow, Paris, Washington, D.C., and Baden-Baden. His works are held in numerous museums in the US, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

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Studio: Skira
Pages   151
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 9.5" Height: 12.5"
Weight:   3 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jan 10, 2006
Publisher   Skira
ISBN  8876243763  
ISBN13  9788876243769  

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1Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Performing Arts > Dance > Ballet
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Awe Inspiring -  Jan 8, 2007
I chanced upon this book some time last year at a bookstore, and ended up buying it for my hardcover collection.

This book is filled with drawings - the majority of them in watercolors, some in pastels, some just simple line drawings. Although most of these drawings are specifically prepared for the stage production, each one of the drawings are so full of life and soul that they are strong pieces that can be appreciated by themselves.

The collective whole confirms the wonderful imagination of Chemiakin. And though I am no student of theatre or stage production of any kind, the book undoubtedly serves as an inspiring body of work that would fuel any illustrator / artist / film animator's love for visual representation of the intangible world.

The facial expressions, the costumes down to the minute decisions of accessories, the overall fluidity of linework, ease of color-wash - all contribute to the gestures of each character that are vivid and engaging.

Thank you for making this collection of work public.


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