Or a sugar plum fairy for that matter; you can take your pick. The ballet’s been a Christmas tradition in the greater NYC area for ages, and it’s hard to run into young girls who haven’t been dragged to the The Nutcracker along with reluctant fathers and brothers.
The Hub was kinder than most of the former and subsidized a trip tothe theater. I remember taking my daughter and my pint sized nephew to see the ballet in Stamford one year. Nephew complete with miniature necktie and daughter in a frilly skirt. She was three. Surprisingly they both had a good time and came away clutching small nutcrackers in their sticky fingers.I wonder though how the performance would smell if the ballerinas were
perfumed to match their characters on stage as Balanchine used to do with his Prima Ballerinas? Clara would have to wear something sweet and finespun. I think a delicate gourmand like Aftelier’s Honey Blossom, or possibly Carven’s Le Parfum.
The Mouse King to my mind would have to wear Musc Tonkin. I might relent and have him wear Etat Libre’s Rien, but I think MT is the better choice for an oversized rodent.
Drosselmeyer has to wear something that features cigars and cognac and what better than Krigler’s Established Cognac? An entirely appropriate scent for a dandy about Moscow or St. Petersburg.
And for the Nutcracker himself? How about Spiritueuse Double Vanille? That would carry on the deep tones of the part, or else something containing essence of nuts? Parfumerie Generale’s Aomassai might work well.
As for the Sugar Plum Fairy , something equal parts floral and sugary. Perhaps Hilde Soliani’s Conafetto? This is equal parts orange blossom and Jordan Almonds. If not then possibly, Angel Eau Sucree? This might have the requisite sweetness that would pervade the stage when the Fairy is spinning around herself during all the fouettes the roll requires. This would make for a memorable if pungent evening right before Christmas. My two novice Nutcracker watchers would probably have enjoyed it too, but the food cues at intermission would have proven irresistible, and the hands even stickier.
So what should the Sugar Plum Fairy wear-apart from her tutu?