Taking the "Nutcracker" Seriously or Not
Posted 17 February 2008 - 11:48 AM
The main questions I am attempting to tackle in my writing are: Who is the real protagonist of the Nutracker story, and what is his/her struggle and resulting personal growth? And: How can the protagonist's struggle and growth speak to a 21st century North American ballet audience?
The productions I am mainly referring to are: Balanchine/NYCB, Baryshnikov/ABT (NOT ABT's current production), Joffrey (a personal favorite), and a bit of Wright/Royal Ballet (both his older and newer versions).
Some of the key texts I'm referring to are by Jennifer Fisher, Roland John Wiley, Selma Jeanne Cohen, and Edwin Denby, among others. I also am using a new translation of both Hoffman and Dumas, by Joachim Neugroschel.
Any helpful suggestions, either in terms of issues and debates, or pointing me to research/writings, would be greatly appreciated.
Posted 17 February 2008 - 12:36 PM
Posted 18 February 2008 - 10:35 PM
God,but what's the whole drama about Clara and sexual awakening and all that..?!?! Honestly, sometimes i feel lost and blown out when i read all about the apparent sexual implications of this or that version and so on, ...even poor Freud getting into the whole dilemma! I'm telling you guys, i grew up with adult ballerinas portraying Clara the child, and it wasn't different at all from the ilusion of, let's say, Lisse portrayed by Mme. Alonso in her 50's (with a convincing effect, right bart?)
Posted 19 February 2008 - 04:14 AM
Here's a writing on Nutcracker as a whole - mostly on the original production - some years ago on our progenitor site, Ballet Alert!:
Click around in there. There's a select bibliography, videography, and discography (now, alas, rather dated), but the information still holds up. If you want to copy and paste passages to this thread for discussion, fine and dandy!
Posted 19 February 2008 - 09:30 AM
She said a dancer came up to her and asked "What are you going to do for the show tonight?"
Suzanne: "what do you mean?"
Dancer: "You know for the nutty nutcracker!"
Suzanne: (rolling eyes) "Fine, I'll do four pirouettes in the pas de deux."
And of course, she did!
Posted 19 February 2008 - 10:07 AM
Posted 19 February 2008 - 11:19 AM
Welcome, Scorpiodncr. I hope you share some of your thoughts with us as your dissertation proceeds. Best of luck.
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