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 Post subject: Cincinnati Ballet - Nutcracker 2001+2002
PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2001 9:07 am 
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<fontsize=1>Tricia Sundbeck,
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New 'Nutcracker' steps back
Ballet changes costumes, sets, choreography for enchanting, purely classical work


Carol Norris, Cincinnati Enquirer

Cincinnati Ballet has a brand-new Nutcracker. New costumes, new scenery and new choreography. The only thing that will remain the same when the curtain opens Friday is Tchaikovsky's familiar score, which will be performed by maestro Carmon DeLeone's Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra. And, of course, the classic story by E.T.A. Hoffmann.
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 Post subject: Re: Cincinnati Ballet - Nutcracker 2001+2002
PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2001 9:09 am 
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Image <BR><fontsize=1>Zsuasanna Bokor,<BR>who danced Arabian</fontsize><P>Carol Norris has problems with the choreography by San Francisco Ballet's Val Caniparoli:<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><B>New 'Nutcracker' not quite there</B><P>Carol Norris, Cincinnati Enquirer<P> Cincinnati Ballet's much anticipated Nutcracker opened Friday at Music Hall. It's an all new look, with San Francisco Ballet's Val Caniparoli creating the choreography, children's book illustrator Alain Vaes the costume and set design and New York designer Tim Hunter the lighting. Much of the new creation is magical but there are problems.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><a href=http://enquirer.com/editions/2001/12/15/tem_dance_review.html target=_blank><B>More</B></a>


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2001 1:46 pm 
I Looove THAT SPANISH COSTUME!


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2001 9:30 am 
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As a form of life, the Nutcracker ballet illustrates the Darwinian imperative of survival through generation. Its plentiful offspring, ballet companies (and others) typically nurture a Nutcracker unique to them, argue for its adaptability. In fact, its receptive accommodation of genetic differences refreshes the vitality, magic, and charm of this long-lived ballet.<P> On Friday, December 14, at the Music Hall in Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Ballet committed a refreshing act with a new Nutcracker choreographed by Val Caniparoli. Clearly related by plot, setting, and characters to its ancestors, Caniparoli, nevertheless, pruned, augmented, and recombined other inherited features to create a Nutcracker abundant in charm and magic. A charm and magic, moreover, that followed upon the stunning production values, the glorious dancing, the breathless choreography, and the clear links between Act I and II. <P>Linked by the relationships of Drosselmeier to Marie and Marie to the Nutcracker, Act II features the manipulative actions of Drosselmeier characteristic of Act I and develops the relationship of Marie to her Nutcracker anticipated in the party scene. For example, appropriate to Drosselmeier's doll making wizardry, Caniparoli (he deletes the Angels) recasts the Land of Sweets as the Land of Toys and Sweets. The national flavors familiar to Act II become instead national dolls fashioned and animated by Drosselmeier. Like the dark figure of Rothbart (denatured, of course), Drosselmeier tends to his captive flock, yet disappears then suddenly reappears to control events- the divertissement. Moreover, Drosselmeier rather the Sugar Plum Fairy asks Marie, "how did you get here?" He has to, because the Sugar Plum never shows. <P>Caniparoli replaces the Snow and Sugar characters and, hence, their pas with pas de deux danced instead by Marie and the Nutcracker. This action develops a relationship begun in the party scene (where a Marie and Nutcracker doll replace the Kissy and Soldier dolls and fall in love) and renders the two-act division of the ballet seamless. <BR> <BR>Woven rather than stitched together, the clear narrative direction of this Nutcracker finds resonance in the structure of its dances. Opportunities for time stopping circles, for example, afforded in, if not traditional to, Snow or Flowers or the Sugar Plum's variation gave way instead to time driving, flow promoting lines. For example, symmetrical rows of Snow Fairies or Flowers leaped through each other, fragment into asymmetrical groups opposed in space, and vanish into the wings here to reappear there. In fact, the rhythm of these ever-dissolving linear forms mixed with the density of steps to shape the swirl of a winter's night or a garden's kaleidoscope of color, and to press the measures of the dance full with motion. <P> The first three performances of the Nutcracker traced a steady course toward or rather more fitting to the Cincinnati Ballet 2001-2002 season theme 'beyond' excellence. By the Sunday matinee, the cast comfortably wore their parts, indeed took pleasure in exploring their role's possibilities. Fritz, a young person's role performed by Kyle Stevenson, for example, was a perfect brat. In chorus with Fritz, other roles for young persons i.e. the White Rabbit, Soldiers, Mice, Polichinelles, and Party scene families handled their roles with confident aplomb. In short, they were having fun. And, joy is what this dance-streaming Nutcracker is about. <P> <BR><p>[This message has been edited by S. E. Arnold (edited December 20, 2001).]


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 01, 2002 12:37 pm 
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'Nutcracker'rivals vie for crowds
By Neal Rubin / The Detroit News

We're talking ballet, so if there are concerns, they are expressed in soft and lilting voices. And it would be unseemly to complain publicly.
But behind the scenes, there would appear to be a sentiment -- not a mass protest, heavens no, but some whispers and off-the-record murmurs -- that the Detroit Opera House is overshadowing the myriad local holiday productions of "The Nutcracker." And that furthermore, the Opera House might even have engaged in a little trash-talking.
The Opera House is bringing in a professional company to perform "The Nutcracker" Dec. 5-15. "How do you want your 'Nutcracker' this holiday season?" asked a radio ad promoting the show.

"There are many choices, but I'm taking my family to the Detroit Opera House 'Nutcracker' to see the Cincinnati Ballet on the largest stage in town."
It's not exactly a pro football player pounding his chest as he stands over a flattened quarterback, but in ballet circles, some are wondering whether the Opera House meant to pick on the little guys -- the ones whose annual Nutcrackers are held on some of the smaller stages in town.

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New costumes and other twists add to Cincinnati 'Nutcracker'
By Barbara Hoover / Detroit News Dance Writer

A spectacular rendition of the magically growing Christmas tree is just one of many reasons to check out the Cincinnati Ballet's new production of "The Nutcracker" Thursday-Dec. 15 at the Detroit Opera House.
The Cincinnati troupe premiered this $500,000 "Nutcracker," choreographed by Val Caniparoli of the San Francisco Ballet, last December in its hometown. It has been polished this year for a mini-tour to Anchorage, Alaska, and Detroit.
The tree is part of a full set of new sets and costumes, designed by children's book illustrator Alain Vaes and made in the Kirov Ballet workshop in St. Petersburg, Russia.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 18, 2002 9:23 am 
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The Nutcracker
Ballet's 'Frisch's Nutcracker' returns to Music Hall stage By Jerry Stein


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When the Cincinnati Ballet's "Frisch's Nutcracker" begins sprinkling its magic again on the Music Hall stage Wednesday, two principal dancers -- Kristi Capps and Dimitri Trubchanov -- who are gaining in importance, will be spotlighted in major roles.

Kristi Capps, a seven-year veteran with the company and named principal dancer this season, has continuously made an impact.

She stepped in at the last moment to dance the lead role in "Don Quixote" when principal dancer Anna Reznik quit the company last season.
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