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Holley Calmes
12-15-2010, 07:27 PM
That looks fabulous! I wonder if there's a DVD of the complete ballet? LOVE it!

Rob
12-15-2010, 07:46 PM
There are a number of youtube clips from varying years, but I haven't seen a DVD.

skatesindreams
12-15-2010, 08:25 PM
That looks fabulous! I wonder if there's a DVD of the complete ballet? LOVE it!

You might contact them:
http://www.balletrox.org/

"An Urban Nutcracker" was the subject of a documentary shown on PBS.

Review of this year's production:
http://thephoenix.com/Boston/arts/112782-review-balletroxs-urban-nutcracker/

Rob
12-15-2010, 10:14 PM
I think Urban Nutcracker is done by a Massachusetts group BalletRox.

Urban Ballet Theatre does "Nutcracker in the Lower" in NYC -- this is group that does the youtube video I posted. http://www.henrystreet.org/site/PageServer?pagename=AAC_PERF_nutcracker


Now I would like to see a clip of the Urban Nutcracker too. Found one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yq6EZZtPLbg&feature=related

Matryeshka
12-15-2010, 10:24 PM
I wuz-robbed of Ovation :wuzrobbed and Nutcracker dance-off--I loved that ballet so much as a child, my mom can't stand it. Not even watching the first 30 minutes of the Ballanchine massacre starring--wait for it--Macaulay Culkin--12 times (subbing for an elementary music teacher) could kill my love for it. From the clips I saw, Bolshoi FTW. But I'd happily sit down and watch any of them. :)

:wuzrobbed :wuzrobbed

Though being the unkultured 'Merikun heathen that I am, I prefer the Dumas over the Hoffman :slinkaway

DarrellH
12-15-2010, 10:40 PM
Tonight is rerun of Berlin State Ballet, and tomorrow is rerun of Bolshoi.

nubka
12-15-2010, 11:22 PM
I watched the Casse Noisette yesterday. Unusual to be sure, but parts of it I really liked! I just wish the Baryshnikov/Kirkland Nutcracker was being shown. It would get my vote for sure. :respec:

Drama queen in the studio, or not, Gelsey Kirkland was absolutely wonderful...

pollyanna
12-16-2010, 01:21 AM
I just wish the Baryshnikov/Kirkland Nutcracker was being shown. It would get my vote for sure. :respec:

Drama queen in the studio, or not, Gelsey Kirkland was absolutely wonderful...

I love that one too, but my vote would go to the 1986 production Nutcracker: The Motion Picture (http://www.amazon.com/Nutcracker-Motion-Picture-VHS/dp/630426349X/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=video&qid=1292464448&sr=1-3) with the Pacific Northwest Ballet, set by Maurice Sendak.
forest scene and dance of the snowflakes (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxPRGXs-Hl0&feature=related)

But since this is not an option, my vote goes to Royal Opera Ballet because Miyako Yoshida is in it. :swoon:

danceronice
12-16-2010, 03:24 PM
Okay, can I get a plot summary of Berlin's version? And does anyone know where they grabbed the music for the prince's "I'm the director of this company and I'm getting a big solo in Act II' number that was rather obviously NOT from the Nutcracker? I would assume it was Tschaikovski but from another ballet?

I liked the production overall as I enjoy kind of weird German Expressionist kind of moods, but it was a tad confusing. (Not as confusing as Bejart, but if you understand Bejart entirely, you're doing it wrong.)

And I LOVE the Sendak production! I have the book (Hoffmann's novella) illustrated with Sendak's sketches and drawings for the PNW's version. That's always been "the" Nutcracker in my mind.

I like Ballanchine, but I cannot get past that rotting squirrel carcass of a "performance" by Macauly Culkin.

nubka
12-16-2010, 06:16 PM
I always have a small problem when I watch PNW's version of Nutcracker - the prince looks too much like Snidely Whiplash, and I keep expecting him to tie Clara to the traintracks... :eek:

pollyanna
12-16-2010, 08:08 PM
I always have a small problem when I watch PNW's version of Nutcracker - the prince looks too much like Snidely Whiplash, and I keep expecting him to tie Clara to the traintracks... :eek:

:rofl: He really does!

DarrellH
12-18-2010, 02:36 AM
Just watched the rerun of the Bejart version. Who gave Naomi Judd an accordian?

skatemommy
12-18-2010, 03:13 AM
This channel has WAY too many commericials. I guess I'm used to watching ballet on PBS. Agree w/above that Gelsey & Barishnikov is a fabulous version of Nutcracker.

LordCirque
12-18-2010, 09:57 PM
I love the ABT version except that Clara looks like she's home on Christmas Break from university not an adolescent young girl.

nubka
12-19-2010, 07:58 AM
I love the ABT version except that Clara looks like she's home on Christmas Break from university not an adolescent young girl.

Who is dancing the role of Clara?