Just noticed these related to Fisher's "Nutcracker Nation."
New book offers insight into 'The Nutcracker'
By MOLLY GLENTZER
Copyright 2003 Houston Chronicle
"The Nutcracker is the ballet immigrant who made it big on a lavish scale," she says.
Fisher traces the history of the ballet from birthing pains to George Balanchine's popularization in the 1950s. If you've wondered why Houston Ballet's Sugar Plum Fairy has those fluffy pink balls on her tutu, check out the photo of the 1892 Snowflakes: Their headresses and tutus are covered with what appear to be giant cotton balls.
Also, there is a media bite from Jennifer Fisher about the news on Boston Ballet's "Nutcracker" (from the Boston Globe):
A hard nut to crack
By Joshua Glenn, 11/16/2003 for the Boston Globe
SUGAR PLUM FAIRY came and hit the streets (to quote Lou Reed) when the Boston Ballet learned recently that its annual production of ''The Nutcracker'' was to be ousted from the Wang Theatre for the 2004 holiday season. The ballet will likely be replaced by the more profitable ''Radio City Christmas Spectacular,'' featuring the Rockettes, Santa Claus, and a Nativity scene with real livestock. Across Boston, the discarding of ''The Nutcracker'' inspired debates about tradition vs. commercialism, and high art vs. lowbrow spectacle -- precisely the subjects, it turns out, of the new book ''Nutcracker Nation'' (Yale) by dance historian and ethnologist Jennifer Fisher.