I love Russia, the Russian ballet, the language. the culture... but I am not a fan of this Nutcracker. Having performed in 17 Nutcrackers and having seem many different versions-this is by far my least favorite. The costuming and story alone I find odd and confusing. The dancing beautiful- you can't expect anything less from the Mariinsky. But I simply am not a fan of the the way they tell this beloved story.