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· BRB's Beauty and the Beast

· ODC/SF's 'Velveteen Rabbit'

· Colorado Ballet "The Nutcracker"

· Nutcracker & other holiday dances Boston 2003

· Radio City Christmas Spectacular: 2003

· Moscow Stanislavsky Ballet in London 2003

· Pantomimes in days gone by

· Jack and the Beanstalk

· Matthew Bourne's "Nutcracker!" 2003-4

· Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella"

· Oregon Ballet Theatre: Nutcracker 2003

· Pacific Nortwest Ballet: Nutcracker 2003

· San Francisco Bay Area 2003-04 Holiday Season

· Smuin Ballet :The Christmas Ballet 2003

· Mark Morris' 'The Hard Nut'

· The Nutcracker Shows throughout South Florida

· "Chocolate Nutcracker"

· New York City Ballet Nutcracker 2003

· Pennsylvania Ballet - Nutcrackers Present and Future

· The Snowman

· Carte Blanche - "Aah! If only Father Christmas were a gogo dancer and a communist.."

· Holiday previews in the UK 2003

· San Francisco Ballet 'Nutcracker' 2003

· Donetsk Ballet Company with Youth of South Jersey: "The Nutcracker"

· "The Nutcracker: Men in Tights and Other Fairy Tales"

· " Roasting Chestnuts", Chicago

· Ballet San Jose 'Nutcracker' 2003

· Oakland Ballet 'Nutcracker' 2003

· Nutcracker Quiz

· "Black Nativity", Philadelphia

· "The Gift of the Magi", Chicago

· American Ballet Theatre's "Nutcracker" in Costa Mesa - 2003

· Fort Lauderdale Ballet Classique: Nutcracker

· Auburn Ballet Nutcracker 2003

· Nutcracker vs. other holiday performances

· Plymouth Ballet Company

· Moscow Ballet Nutcracker 2003

· Preview of Christmas dance and other shows - London 2003

· Miami City Ballet's Nutcracker

· Russian State Ice Ballet - "The Nutcracker on Ice''

· Nutcracker Gala Reunion: SAB, 12/6/03

· Tulsa Ballet's New Nutcracker

· Milwaukee Holiday Performances December 2003

· It's Starting ALREADY!


editors' picks

Los Angeles
Lula Washington Dance Theater - "7th Annual Kwanzaa Celebration Concert"
December 29 at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex, California State University, Los Angeles
Festival Ballet Theater and Southland Ballet Academy - "Nutcracker"
December 6 to 7 at Carpenter Performing Arts Center, Cal State Long Beach and December 19 to 21 at Huntington Beach High School, Huntington Beach
American Ballet Theater - "Nutcracker"
December 17 to 21, Orange County Performing Arts Center, Costa Mesa

State Street Ballet - "Hollywood Nutcracker"
December 13 to 14, Lobero Theater, Santa Barbara

Washington, D.C.
· Suzanne Farrell Ballet - "The Balanchine Couple"
December 2-7, Kennedy Center, Eisenhower Theatre
· Washington Ballet - "Nutcracker"
December 12-28, Warner Theatre
· Kirov Ballet - "Nutcracker" and "Swan Lake"
December 23-28, and December 30-January 4, Kennedy Center, Opera House

New York
· New York City Ballet, "The Nutcracker" (chor. George Balanchine)
Lincoln Center Nov. 28-Jan 4
· Von Krahl Theatre, “The Swan Lake”
Dance Theater Workshop Dec. 10-13

San Francisco Bay Area
· San Francisco Ballet - "Nutcracker"
November 28 - December 28, War Memorial Opera House, SF
· Smuin Ballet - "The Christmas Ballet"
December 28, Yerba BUena Center for the Arts, SF

· Mark Morris Dance Group - "The Hard Nut"
December 12 -21 , Cal Performances, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley

· Pennsylvania Ballet - "Nutcracker"
December 12-31, Academy of Music
· University of the Arts - "A Celebration of World Dance"
December 12-13, Merriam Theater
· University of the Arts - "Winter Dances"
December 18-19, Merriam Theater

· New Adventures (Matthew Bourne) - "Nutcracker!"
2 December - 24 January, Sadler's Wells
· "The Snowman" (chor. Robert North)
10 December - 11 January, Peacock Theatre
· Royal Ballet - "Cinderella" (chor. Ashton)
23 December - 10 January, Royal Opera House
· English National Ballet - "The Nutcracker" (chor. Christopher Hampson)
24 December – 11 January,
London CarlingApollo,Hammersmith

· "The Wind in the Willows (chor. William Tuckett)
17 December - 3 January, Linbury Studio Theatre, ROH

· Opéra de Paris – "Ivan le Terrible" (chor. Igor Grigorovitch)
12 décembre 2003 – 7 janvier 2004, Opéra Bastille
· Opéra de Paris – Soirée Balanchine/Robbins
Du 1er au 31 décembre 2003, Palais Garnier
· Opéra de Paris – SoiréeBalanchine/ Kelemenis/ Brown/ Preljocaj
Du 17 décembre 2003 au 3 janvier 2004, Palais Garnier

· Opéra de Paris – Démonstrations de l’école de danse
7 et 14 décembre 2003, Palais Garnier
· Merce Cunningham - "Fluid Canvas", "Creation 2003"
Du 10 au 23 décembre 2003, Théâtre de la ville

Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre
· "Red Giselle" (chor. Boris Eifman)
December 3
· "The Rite of Spring"/"Carmina" Burana (chor. Xin Pen Wang)
December 5
· "The Nutcracker" (chor. Marius Petipa/Andrej Melanjin)
December 7, 14, 21,23
· "Russian Hamlet" (chor. Boris Eifman)
December 19

· "Swan Lake"
December 10

· Constanza Macras - "Scratch Neukölln"
December 12-14, 17-21, HAU 1: Hebbel-Theater
· Cie. Toula Limnaios - "Better Days"
4-21 December, Die Halle (Eberwalder Str. 10-11)
(no website)

· Rome Opera Ballet - "Swan Lake" (Galina Samsova’s production)
December 19, 21,27, Teatro Costanzi
· Rome Opera Ballet - "Girotondo Romano" (chor. Luciano Cannito)
December 20, 21, 27, 28, 30, Teatro Nazionale
· Paul Taylor Dance Company - Three Italian premieres by Paul Taylor
December 10-14, Teatro Olimpico

· La Scala Ballet - "The Bat" (chor. Roland Petit)
December 17-31, Teatro degli Arcimboldi


· MaggioDanza Ballet - "The Nutcracker" (chor. Evgeny Poliakov)
December 19-30, Teatro Comunale

· Teatro San Carlo Ballet - "The Nutcracker" (chor. Derek Deane)
December 16 - 30, Teatro Politeama

















not your average nuts

'Nutcracker Nation:  How an Old World Ballet Became a Christmas Tradition in the New World'
by Jennifer Fisher
Book Review by Jeff Kuo

How did "The Nutcracker" of Tschaikovsky and Ivanov get to be so American? ... Fisher provides not only an impressively wide overview of the manifold manifestations of the holiday warhorse ... but also a serious attempt to account for this familiar, recurring phenomenon.

Pacific Northwest Ballet - Twenty Years of Glory:  A Review of PNB's Stowell/Sendak 'Nutcracker'
by Dean Speer
November 28, 2003 -- Seattle, Washington

Attending PNB's opening night performance of their unique Kent Stowell/Maurice Sendak production of "Nutcracker " was a thrill and, as I like to say, "Balm for my eyes!" Although there was an afternoon matinee showing, the official "Nutcracker" season around Puget Sound was declared "open" with the evening performance. And as Mr. Stowell himself said during intermission, "Thirty-six more opportunities left to see other casts!"

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
by Kate Snedeker
November 17, 2003 -- Edinburgh Festival Hall, Edinburgh
The Trocks' New York roots were apparent in Olga Supphozova's (Robert Carter) mugging, big-biceped Odette, a swan who clearly would have been just as at home in a Harlem street corner as by the enchanted lake.

holiday gift guide

· Alonzo King LINES 2004 Calendar
by Marty Sohl
The images are as dramatic and beautiful as the company.

· Nutcracker Nation: How an Old World Ballet Became a Christmas Tradition in the New World
by Jennifer Fisher
Whether you love or hate this old holiday warhorse you'll find some valuable new or cynical insight about the holiday ballet or about ballet in general.

· The Ballet Book: Learning and Appreciating the Secrets of Dance
by Nancy Ellison
A book about learning and appreciating ballet, with photos of American Ballet Theatre in class, rehearsal, and performance.

· New York City Ballet Workout
Elegant demonstrations from NYCB dancers and the soothing voice of director Peter Martins guide you through this excellent warmup DVD of exercises you can do in your living room.

· New York City Ballet Workout, Vol. 2
A followup to the bestselling dance workout DVD with Peter Martins and dancers from New York City Ballet.


· Etoiles: Dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet.” A film by Nils Tavernier
A beautifully filmed look at backstage life at the Paris Opera Ballet, with interviews with stars and up-and- coming dancers as well as footage of performances of the company rehearsing and performing.

· Five Points: The Nineteenth-Century New York City Neighborhood That Invented Tap Dance, Stole Elections and Became the Worlds Most Notorious Slum
by Tyler Andbinder.
Dance isn't all tutus and tiaras.

· Rap a Tap Tap: Here's Bojangles-Think of That
By Leo & Diane Dillon.

Here's another, a great little story book even for kids who don't dance... yet ...

· Gotta Dance: The Rhythms of Jazz and Tap
By Jenai Cutcher.

A fun guide for young dancers to explore the music and movements of these truly American art forms.

· ELEVEN Lush Photography Book of PNB Dancers Exploring High Fashion
Principal Dancers with Pacific Northwest Ballet.

· Balanchine 100: The Centennial Celebration Poster
A full-color poster inspired by the famous Henri Cartier Bresson photograph of George Balanchine teaching Company class, this is the signature image of NYCB's coming celebrations.

· Balanchine: Celebrating a Life in Dance
This hardcover, coffee table book is the perfect complement to the "Balanchine year" just ahead. Inside are more than 200 color and black & white photographs by dance photographer Costas of 50 ballets choreographed by George Balanchine.



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