The Delirious Confectionery World of American Ballet Theatre’s “Whipped Cream”

The Delirious Confectionery World of American Ballet Theatre’s “Whipped Cream”

Ever wonder what would happen if you ate too many desserts and sent yourself into a sweets-induced coma? The world of “Whipped Cream” might hold the answer.

American Ballet Theatre concludes its 2018 Met season with Alexei Ratmansky’s two-act ballet “Whipped Cream,” a vibrantly costumed dark fable that follows a young boy on a delirious candy trip. The original Richard Strauss ballet premiered at Vienna’s Staatsoper in 1924 under the title “Schlagobers,” and Ratmansky’s updated version retains the opulence of Strauss’s original through its surreal sets and colorful costumes by artist Mark Ryden.

We took a look at some of the key moments from Act II.

SCENE: Following Act I’s plunge into a world made of whipped cream, the Boy, who made himself ill after eating too many sweets at a confectioner’s shop, finds himself in a dark hospital staffed by a doctor with an enlarged head and a staff of nurses. The nurses administer questionable medicine and leave.

Featured: ABT Corps de Ballet Dancers. Photo by Gene Schiavone.

SCENE: Once all is clear, Princess Praline enters the Boy’s hospital room with a cast of whimsical characters to rescue him.

Featured: Sarah Lane, ABT Principal, as Princess Praline and Daniil Simkin, ABT Principal, as the Boy. Photo by Gene Schiavone.

SCENE: Liquor bottles come to life and help trick the doctors and nurses, allowing the Boy, Princess Praline and her crew to escape. Once free, the Boy celebrates with the creatures of Princess Praline’s world. Sweet fantasy becomes reality.

Featured: Herman Cornejo, ABT Principal Dancer, as the Boy. Photo by Gene Schiavone.



Top Image: Featured: Stella Abrera, ABT Principal, as Princess Tea Flower and David Hallberg, ABT Principal, as Prince Coffee. Photo by Gene Schiavone.