November 28, 1993 |
It looks like it's been in a war, this Nutcracker doll the dancers of American Ballet Theatre are passing around in rehearsal. It's got a battered torso, an arm that plops off at inopportune moments and an assertive nose--the only feature on its face. Like ABT, it's a little beat-up, but it's still here. A year ago, the company was $5.
November 27, 1993 |
Orange County audiences have more productions than usual of "The Nutcracker" ballet to chose from this season. The world premiere of the American Ballet Theatre production--promised to Orange County in 1991 but delayed because of the company's budget problems--finally will take place in Costa Mesa on Friday (it will continue through Dec. 12).
November 18, 1993 |
Orange County's Ballet Pacifica will unveil its new production of "The Nutcracker" in Los Angeles rather than at home. The ballet will be danced Dec. 9-12 at Cal State Los Angeles, followed by performances Dec. 16-23 at the Moulton Theatre in Laguna Beach. "We had already set our dates in Orange County last year, based on the schedule at the (Moulton)," artistic director Molly Lynch explained this week. "The only way we could accommodate Cal State L.A. was to do it prior to that."
December 17, 1992
Casting has been announced for the Kirov Ballet "Nutcracker," Dec. 22-Jan. 3 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The dancers scheduled in the roles of Masha and the Prince duplicate "Nutcracker" casting from earlier this month at the Orange County Performing Arts Center--with one major exception. Kirov principal Farukh Ruzimatov will appear five times at the Pavilion in his first Southland performances since 1989. Tue., Dec. 22, 8 p.m.: Larissa Lezhnina (Masha), Farukh Ruzimatov (Prince). Wed.
December 6, 1992 |
It's a 100-year-old Russian ballet that has become as American as family values--the tale of a little girl and her soldier doll. Clara falls asleep on Christmas Eve and dreams of a battle with a Mouse King, followed by an escape to a candy-coated fantasyland of snowflakes, dancing dolls and sugarplums. Her wooden soldier, meanwhile, has vanquished the rodent and been transformed into a handsome prince.
December 2, 1992 |
More than 230 productions of the "Nutcracker" ballet will be danced in the United States this year, the 100th anniversary of the perennial holiday favorite. These productions are expected to draw nearly $46 million in box office revenues from more than 2 million customers, according to the current issue of Dance Magazine. Little did the producers of the original "Nutcracker" dream of such popularity. In fact, the first production--seen at the Maryinsky Theater in St.
July 8, 1992 |
The Kirov Ballet will bring its "Nutcracker" ballet to North America for the first time later this year, with the U.S. premiere scheduled for Dec. 1-6 at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. The seven-performance engagement at the center will open a tour that will include stops in Canada and Mexico as well as in the United States. It represents the centennial anniversary of the perennial holiday ballet, which was created for the famed Russian company.
December 19, 1991 |
'Tis the season for "The Nutcracker"--and this year, it's "The Nutcracker" with a twist: Besides the customary ballet productions being offered on countless local stages, both Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm are presenting their own versions of the Tchaikovsky holiday classic. At the Magic Kingdom, "Mickey's Nutcracker" is playing several times daily on the Videopolis stage in Fantasyland.
December 5, 1991 |
The Santa Barbara Festival Ballet and the Santa Barbara Symphony will once again join forces in a production of "The Nutcracker" ballet, with two shows Saturday and one Sunday at the Arlington Theater. This traditional Christmas ballet will star Pamela Jones as Clara, the girl whose toys come to life, and David Beisinger as the Nutcracker.
November 29, 1991 |
With promoters giving conflicting explanations, the touring Byelorussian Ballet of Minsk has canceled all four of its scheduled "Nutcracker" performances in San Diego. The Tuesday through Thursday performances would have been the company's U.S. debut.