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Finding "traditional" Nutcracker production/s on DVD?
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Author:  goodpointe [ Sun Nov 06, 2016 1:03 am ]
Post subject:  Finding "traditional" Nutcracker production/s on DVD?

Hello, I don't know much at all about ballet but make occasional blundering forays into it. I was hoping to get some advice; I'd like to watch a DVD of this Nutcracker ballet that seems to get mentioned every time Christmas rolls around, but which I've never seen. I would like to watch a "traditional" version of the ballet, but the various productions' DVDs' descriptions and reviews online seem to almost always talk about new twists and creative reinterpretations. Might anyone be able to recommend a good "traditional" production or two that are available on DVD? (Honestly I'm not even sure if it makes sense to talk about a "traditional" version of this ballet anyway; perhaps there is no such thing?) Thank you for your help!

Author:  JoanaA. [ Thu Jun 22, 2017 5:37 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Finding "traditional" Nutcracker production/s on DVD?

Hello! It happens with every ballet that it is not performed accurately as the original version, but some productions are very close, much more than others. The one I know to be the best is the Mariinsky production, and there is a DVD of it, with Alina Somova and Vladimir Shklyarov.

Author:  Cassandra [ Tue Jul 04, 2017 12:58 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Finding "traditional" Nutcracker production/s on DVD?

I would always avoid DVD's with the technically deficient Somova, an earlier recording of the Kirov's Nutcracker with Larissa Lezhnina would be a better choice.

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