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Halleluja - fewer Nutcrackers next year

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next year will be the last year under the four year co-production agrreement with TIVOLI which has included 30 performances of The Nutcracker in TiVOLI. It was published yesterday that RDB will only perform untill December 15, whereafter the alternative production Nutcracker froom Aveny T will fill out the remaining schedule. Halleluja!!!

The reason could be, I assume, tepid box office. As you might know from this forum The production is not popular with the regular RDB audience. It allows very little dancing and take up so much company time

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That is good news! I thought it had been popular, though -- so I'm surprised. Is the alternative Nutcracker the "hip hop Nutcracker" that was such a hit this year? That had RDB dancers in it too, I believe.

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Yes it is the Hip Hop Nutcracker with one very short guest ballerina from RDB.

It was quite well received the first time around, but it lacks the quality (read classical dancing) that makes repeat viewing from affinados and it is not good enough either to make certain that the general public returns. There are also strong competition from other family Christmas shows. The hip hop sold well last Cristmas but there are a big difference between filling 200 seats and 1200.

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EVERY critic I talked to who saw her noticed Hojlund and most wrote about it. I think it would have made a difference in Napoli if Hojlund and Lund had opened, or if they'd been given the Friday night show, when all the NY cirtics were down (which was predictable!) Instead, they danced Thursday, and so only half the critics saw her. The audience liked her too :)

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It is not the ballerina who are short, it is the segment, sorry

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Thanks! I was wondering who "one very short guest ballerina" was :)

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