Saturday 23 January 2010
Tune of the Day: Chinese Dance
from “The Nutcracker Suite” by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Also known as “Tea” (the favorite Chinese drink), this is one of the most famous dances in The Nutcracker, and one of the six movements from the suite to be featured in the 1940 Disney animation film Fantasia. In that particular part of the film, six red-topped mushrooms shake off the dew, then become wide, coolie-hatted Chinese men with round heads and long robes that are choreographed into a dance. Hop Low, smaller than the rest of the mushrooms, cannot keep up with the steps and routines of the larger mushrooms. He hops back into place just in time to take a final bow.