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    Battle Of The Nutcrackers-Dance Off

    They seem to be using the same exact graphics used on So You Think You Can Dance.
    The one I watched last night was very nice.

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    I've been recording them, but haven't watched yet. I loved the Casse Noisette one when I saw it last year.

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    Who won?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarrellH View Post
    Who won?

    I don't think they announce it until Christmas Eve when they actually show the winner with fanfare. I noticed today that they are repeating some. The voting may still be be open.

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    Where is this being broadcast?
    The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are--Joseph Campbell

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    It's on Ovation, and it was evenings last week, and looks like they were running them all day this week (before 8pm).

    Vote Royal Ballet!

    I gave the Bejart one about ten minutes. I knew going in it was Bejart, it was going to be VERY odd, but I just couldn't keep going.

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    I love different parts of each one. I voted for Berlin State Ballet but I love different things about each one.

    I adore Bejart's creativity and quirkiness, and using the form of the Nutcracker to tell his own life story.

    I love the precision of both Royal and Bolshoi. Bolshoi's Arabian is perhaps my all time favorite Arabian Variation, and I love that they actually have dancers DANCE in the Polchinelle music instead of having Mother Ginger and her children. I LOVE the music but don't like the Mother Ginger scene at all, so having actual dancers in that scene like ABT and Bolshoi do is a real treat for me.

    The difficulty in the Bolshoi's Spanish Variation astounded me.

    Casse Noisette was a hard sell even for me. I love the creativity and thought that goes into it, but I had a hard time following the storyline and what was going on. I loved that they had an Aunt and Uncle Drosseylmeyer though, I've always wondered where she was. Having seen Bejart, Bourne, and now Casse's Nutcracker, I have to say Casse wins the award for weirdest Nutcracker I've ever seen, and perhaps some of the weird choreography I've ever seen.

    I think it's safe to say I will never find a Chinese variation I like.

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    I never wondered about an Aunt, as in the book he's Judge Drosselmyer or Godfather, not an Uncle per se. And what I adore about the Royal Ballet's version is that they basically follow the Hoffmann rather than the Dumas (age up Marie/Clara, the Nutcracker Prince is Drosselmeyer's nephew) even if they do kind of edit out the Princess Pirlipat story for time and structure's sake, so we're left a little "Huh?" on how the kid got turned into a nutcracker in the first place.

    I think the only Chinese/Tea variation I really can say I love is...the mushrooms in Fantasia! (Because that one little mushroom is so cute.)

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    San Francisco Ballet actually has a relatively decent Chinese Tea, they incorporate the Chinese New Year Dragon and the choreography isn't as horribly offensive as most of the Tea variations tend to be.

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    I like the Bolshoi the best. Royal second. The Bejart is too bizarre for me. The thing I object to the most is the additions to the music. Parisienne street music does not belong. The ballet is by Tchaikovsky not some hooker with an accordian.
    They did this last year too. I never did check who won!

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    Hard Nut won last year

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    can you see it online anywhere?

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    Clips online here:
    http://www.ovationtv.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by LordCirque View Post
    Hard Nut won last year
    And the year before. I wonder if that is why it's not being shown this year - to give something else a chance.

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    I haven't been watching, but I would like to see this one someday:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmWtwCTlKhY
    I think I will have a snack and take a nap before I eat and go to sleep.

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    That looks fabulous! I wonder if there's a DVD of the complete ballet? LOVE it!

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    There are a number of youtube clips from varying years, but I haven't seen a DVD.
    I think I will have a snack and take a nap before I eat and go to sleep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holley Calmes View Post
    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/11...an-nutcracker/

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    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/Page...ERF_nutcracker


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

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yq6EZ...eature=related
    I think I will have a snack and take a nap before I eat and go to sleep.

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    I wuz-robbed of Ovation 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.



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