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."
September 24, 1991 |
The San Francisco Ballet will offer its production of the "Nutcracker" ballet Nov. 29-Dec. 8 at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, filling the hole left when American Ballet Theatre canceled its new production scheduled for the same period. Created in 1983, the San Francisco Ballet "Nutcracker" incorporates Lew Christensen's 1967 choreography and later choreography by Willam Christensen and SFB artistic director Helgi Tomasson. Sets and costumes are by Jose Varona.
September 24, 1991 |
The San Francisco Ballet will dance the "Nutcracker" Nov. 29 to Dec. 8 at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, filling the hole left by the recent cancellation of American Ballet Theatre's new "Nutcracker" production scheduled for the same period. "The fact that this highly regarded company . . . was able to make itself available to us on our previously announced dates is, quite frankly, a bit of a miracle," Center president Thomas R. Kendrick said in a prepared statement issued Monday.
September 14, 1991 |
There'll be some coal in Orange County ballet fans' Christmas stockings this year: American Ballet Theatre has canceled the world premiere of its much ballyhooed new production of "The Nutcracker," which had been slated for December at the Performing Arts Center. Citing shaky finances, the company has backed out of its two-week engagement at the Center, where officials had no immediate comment on plans to fill the now-vacant Nov. 29-Dec. 8 slot.
December 8, 1990 |
Christmas without "The Nutcracker" would be like Easter without the bunny or Thanksgiving without the turkey. It just wouldn't be the same. And this year, more than enough troupes are continuing the tradition in San Diego. "The Nutcracker," the enduring Christmas ballet of a little girl's toy that comes to life, will be presented by ballet companies from Poway to San Diego this season in live performances running through Dec. 23.
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December 25, 1988
Expecting to view their children performing in the Joffrey Ballet's "The Nutcracker," dozens of parents came away from the final dress rehearsal Friday at the Music Center with sour feelings. The unexpectedly large crowd was asked to leave at intermission, which officials say was the plan all along. It was a misunderstanding, they said. Richard Tollefson, manager of operations and development for the Joffrey, called it a "confused situation."
December 18, 1988 |
"It was Bob's last gift to all of us, and nothing could be more appropriate," said Gerald Arpino, reflecting on what became Robert Joffrey's final theatrical venture. Former associate director and resident choreographer, Arpino has been the Joffrey Ballet's artistic director since the founder's death in March at the age of 57.