Watch Stephen Colbert Dance ‘The Nutcracker’
Because a video of Stephen Colbert dancing ‘The Nutcracker’ is exactly what you need on a Friday morning.
If you live in or around a major city, odds are The Nutcracker is a big part of your December. Whether or not you actually celebrate Christmas—or, indeed, whether or not you dig ballet—The Nutcracker has become synonymous with the phrase “holiday season.” Personally, I kind of love The Nutcracker—I have fond memories of being taken to see it as a small child (though Mother Ginger terrified me; what on EARTH were all those children doing under her skirt and how did they get there in the first place?!), and I’ve always adored the story, mostly because I like the idea of toys coming to life and fighting epic battles with rats. But maybe that’s just me.
That aside, though, one of the neat things about The Nutcracker is that it’s traditional for each ballet company that performs it to put their own unique mark on it: The Boston Ballet, for example, flies Marie (or Clara, depending on the version) out on a gigantic hot-air balloon at the end, while the New York City Ballet uses a gravity-defying sleigh. However, no version of The Nutcracker has been personalized quite like this before. Because this one involves Stephen Colbert.
David Hallberg of Russia’s premiere ballet company, the Moscow-based Bolshoi Ballet, appeared on The Colbert Report this past Wednesday; but naturally, he couldn’t appear on the show and not dance. So he did! Along with fellow company member Hee Seo, Hallberg performed an excerpt from The Nutcracker—with a little help from Stephen. Check it out here (because this is exactly what you need on a Friday morning):
|The Colbert Report||Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c|
|“The Nutcracker” Ballet Performance|
Best. Nutcracker. EVER.
So in the event that you don’t live near a major city, you can still get your Nutcracker fix by watching this clip over and over and over again. Or you could tune into the television channel Ovation—in the days surrounding Christmas, they play every single version of the ballet they have on a loop—but why would you bother with Ovation when you’ve got Stephen Colbert?
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.