In this continuation of the popular Ballet 360° lecture series, dance critic Alexandra Tomalonis uses video of well-known ballets to take us beyond the steps and into the fine craft of making a ballet.
Session II: Nuts Over The Nutcracker
The Nutcracker has long been ballet's holiday show and has become an annual tradition. It is also an important classical ballet, and Tchaikovsky's score is considered by many to be the finest score ever written for ballet. The structure of The Nutcracker is rock solid--it has been restaged literally thousands of times, set in different times and climes, yet it is still The Nutcracker. Come take a fresh look at this perennial favorite.
Note: Ballet West does not participate in this session.
Alexandra Tomalonis has been a dance critic for nearly 30 years, writing frequently for the Washington Post, Dance Magazine, and other publications. She is the editor of DanceView magazine, and its online review supplement, danceviewtimes.com. Ms. Tomalonis is Director of Academics at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C., where she teaches ballet history, art history, and aesthetics.
Performance Timing: 90 minutes