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8 edition of Nutcracker Nation found in the catalog.

Nutcracker Nation

How an Old World Ballet Became a Christmas Tradition in the New World

by Jennifer Fisher

  • 158 Want to read
  • 8 Currently reading

Published by Yale University Press .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Ballet,
  • Performing Arts,
  • Dance,
  • North America,
  • Dance - Classical,
  • Dance - History,
  • Genres & Styles - Ballet,
  • Performing Arts / Dance / Classical,
  • Holidays - Christmas & Advent

  • The Physical Object
    FormatPaperback
    Number of Pages256
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL9810297M
    ISBN 100300105991
    ISBN 109780300105995
    OCLC/WorldCa56648204

    According to Mercury Records, the recording was made on 35mm magnetic film rather than audio tape, and used album cover art identical to that of the recording. But because The Nutcracker started out with same creative team that produced The Sleeping Beauty, there was no reason to think it wouldn't have similar success. The music is played in this production by the London Symphony Orchestra. Just this year, the Sacramento Ballet made the difficult call to switch to tape.

    Excerpted by permission of Barbour Publishing, Inc. This three-ballet album has now gone out of print. The old woman smelled like violets and cloves. After starting life as a Russian ballet based on a German tale about a little girl's imagination, The Nutcracker has become a way for Americans to tell a story about their communal values and themselves Access-restricted-item. A sound from the other room made her jump. First he had to locate a certain pretty, copper-haired woman with eyes the color of a Texas bluebonnet.

    He'd cut the sod into blocks, sawed cottonwood for rafters, and made the wooden roof shingles by hand. Excerpted by permission. Her mother comes in to tell her that Drosselmeyer's nephew has arrived from Nuremberg. If it has some version of the original ballet libretto, uses Tchaikovsky's score and a ballet vocabulary-or, on rare occasions, another form of concert dance, such as tap or jazz-then it's probably a Nutcracker. After lighting a lantern, she cautiously opened the door. Hoffmann's short story "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King," which enjoyed great popularity in Russia at the time.


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Nutcracker Nation book

He takes her aside and tells her that by swearing that she would love him in spite of his looks, she broke the curse on him and made him human again. The music is played by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

Because of the ballet's approximate hour and a half length when performed without intermission, applause, or interpolated numbers, it fits very comfortably onto two LPs.

Marie wakes up in her bed the next morning with her arm bandaged and tries to tell her parents about the battle between the mice and the dolls, but they do not believe her, thinking that she has had a fever dream caused by the wound she sustained from the broken glass.

Credited to B. There are angels and the land of sweets is a kind of Nutcracker Nation book. As with The Sleeping Beauty, the idea to adapt the tale came from Ivan Vsevolozhsky, the sophisticated ex-diplomat who was director of imperial theaters.

She had a feeling it was going to be a very long night. And the robbers—" "My word. Because of the difficulty the children had, Tchaikovsky made the decision that they could play freely. Turning toward the house with a shiver, Lucy caught a glimpse of her grandfather wandering about the yard dressed only in his red long johns.

Marie sits in front of the toy cabinet one day while Drosselmeyer is repairing one of her father's clocks. Dorati later re-recorded the complete ballet in stereo, with the London Symphony Orchestra in for Mercury and with the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra in for Philips Classics.

While most cultural boosters understand the aforementioned economics of "The Nutcracker," there's indeed concern that the ballet is starting to price itself beyond the reach of its target market -- namely, families looking to celebrate the holiday and introduce their children to dance at the same time.

Americans like seeing their children on stage and the story is very much like the rags-to-riches stories Americans love. Ditto a ballet built around such elements as toy soldiers, Christmas trees and candy, candy, candy. She was round as a barrel and waddled as she walked to the door.

He could use a bit of warmth right now. But critics see a certain amount of greed when it comes to "The Nutcracker" -- in terms of how some companies take shortcuts at least after they make the initial production investment or try to milk the title for every last dollar can you say "'Nutcracker' gift shop"?

If it has some version of the original ballet libretto, uses Tchaikovsky's score and a ballet vocabulary-or, on rare occasions, another form of concert dance, such as tap or jazz-then it's probably a Nutcracker. Unless he was mistaken, he was standing in front of her house.

Nutcracker Nation: How an Old World Ballet Became a Christmas Tradition in the New World

I remember, as a young dancer, being shocked to think that the great Tchaikovsky was given a set of descriptions and commands as if it were a grocery list "The stage is empty. They thought The Nutcracker was foolish. But why stop at just a cinematic version with the "Home Alone" kid?

Riding back to town sounded like a good idea. But when it comes to the ballet's provenance, things get a little more definitive.

And finally, there's the computer-animated "Barbie in the Nutcracker" -- not quite as risque as a burlesque "Nutcracker," but apparently just as bizarre, at least according to Amazon. Just this year, the Sacramento Ballet made the difficult call to switch to tape. The fear is that The Nutcracker gets marooned on the level of spectacle, but that characterization ignores the complexity of the phenomenon of annual Nutcrackers.

The scene is set to a hip-hop remix of a Tchaikovsky recording and the dance involves hip-hop moves and break dancing. As the night wore on, his worries increased. The dolls in the toy cabinet come alive and begin to move, the nutcracker taking command and leading them into battle after putting Marie's ribbon on as a token.

Performing Arts Nonfiction The Nutcracker is the most popular ballet in the world, adopted and adapted by hundreds of communities across the United States and Canada every Christmas season. The road was deserted, and a cold wind cut through her woolen skirt.

Fisher traces The Nutcracker's history from its St.The Nutcracker Ballet - Provides the history of the Nutcracker Ballet, Nutcracker music, Nutcrakcer links, Nutcracker movies and information on Nutcracker Ballet performances in your area.

The Nutcracker Site provides a central location for Nutcracker Ballet information. Nutcracker performance listings are provided by state and city and by the company performing the Nutcracker Ballet. Be sure. The Nutcracker (Russian: Щелкунчик, tr.

Colorado Ballet's The Nutcracker Named Best

Shchelkunchik listen (help · info)) is an two-act ballet ("fairy ballet"; Russian: балет-феерия, balet-feyeriya), originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with a score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Op. 71). The libretto is adapted from E. T. A. Hoffmann's story "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King".

Mar 20,  · From the sounds of the orchestra tuning up, to the final bows and cheers, a trip to English National Ballet's Nutcracker at the London Coliseum is an unforgettable Christmas treat. Website http. The Nutcracker Boston Tickets The Nutcracker Boston Tickets The story of The Nutcracker is a classic tale that many have come to love around the holidays.

It's especially popular for children who may be new to experiencing ballet. Buy tickets concerts, sports, arts, theater and other events. Find more tickets in store than ever before directly from venue and other fans with the guarantee the seat you buy is the seat you get only at atlasbowling.com Dec 21,  · Colorado Ballet's The Nutcracker Named Best-Loved Nutcracker in the Nation.

Goldstar Events - December 21, NEW YORK – Colorado Ballet has won the 10th Annual Goldstar National Nutcracker Award, the only Award which honors live performances of the seasonal classic.