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.
November 28, 1991 |
When the curtain rises on Act II of the San Francisco Ballet's version of "The Nutcracker"--coming to the Performing Arts Center on Friday for 12 performances--the stage will have been transformed into the spun-sugar Kingdom of Sweets, a dreamlike world ruled by a kind and beautiful creature, the Sugar Plum Fairy.
November 28, 1991 |
As sure as Christmas comes every year, so does "The Nutcracker" ballet. Although it's 99 years old, the ballet is still an awesome treat for kids. How could it not be? It's a story about children, magic, a Sugarplum Fairy, a prince, a Mouse King and his army, a Snow Queen--and maybe most spectacular of all--a Christmas tree that grows before your eyes. No fewer than three productions of the ballet can be seen in Los Angeles next month.
November 27, 1991 |
"Nutcracker" season is upon us again: At least seven productions are scheduled in Orange County alone, beginning with the San Francisco Ballet production that opens Friday at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. So another opportunity presents itself to appreciate the wondrous score Tchaikovsky composed, astonishingly, at a time when, in his words, "a consuming depression constantly gnaws at my heart, and I have not for a long time felt as unhappy as now."