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Battle of the Nutcrackers on TVOvation Cable Channel program, hosted by Nigel Lythgoe & Debbie Allen

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#1 Jayne


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Posted 14 December 2011 - 11:45 PM

I only caught the final 40 minutes tonight, the program was Berlin State Opera Ballet's version. The hosts announced it beautiful dancing, sets and choreo, but the storyline was too difficult to understand. My mom saw the entire thing and agreed.

The Nut will show nightly (various versions) from now until Dec.24 (viewers can vote to choose their favorite to show on Christmas Eve night). Also a Nut marathon all day Saturday 17.Dec.

Maryiinsky Theatre (Mikhail Chemiakin’s version)
Saturday 17.Dec 5:45pm
Thursday 22.Dec 11:00am, 1:15pm, 3:30pm, 5:45pm

Royal Ballet (2009 version, Miyako Yoshida as Sugar Plum)
Saturday 17.Dec 3:00pm
Wednesday 21.Dec 9:00am, 11:45am, 2:30pm, 5:15pm

Berlin State Ballet (Patrice Bart version, here is the the official synopsis for a strange take on the ballet: young Marie is abducted by Russian Revolutionaries and forced to live with the cruel Drosselmeyer. Once her beloved Nutcracker comes to life, the hope that she may be reunited with her mother is rekindled.)
Sunday 18.Dec. 12:30pm
Monday 19.Dec. 9:00am, 11:45am, 2:30pm, 5:15pm
Sunday 25.Dec 12:30pm

Bolshoi Theatre (Starring Natalya Arkhipova and Irek Mukhamedov. Choreographed by Yuri Grigorovich, of course!)
Thursday 15.Dec. 8:00pm & 10:30pm
Friday 16.Dec. 1:00am
Saturday 17.Dec. 12:30pm
Sunday 18.Dec. 5:30pm
Friday 23.Dec. 10:00am, 12:30pm, 3:00pm, 5:30pm
Sunday 25 Dec. 3:15pm
Monday 26 Dec. 1:00am

Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker! (From a hilariously bleak Christmas Eve at Dr. Dross’ Orphanage, to the spectacular candy folk of Sweetieland, Clara’s journey passes through Oliver Twist, the Icecapades and the kaleidoscopic fantasy of Busby Berkeley musicals.)
Friday 16.Dec. 8:00pm, 10:15pm
Sunday 18.Dec. 3:15pm
Tuesday 20.Dec. 11:00am, 1:15pm, 3:30pm, 5:45pm

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 07:33 AM

Berlin was shown at the same as NYCB - too bad.

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 11:10 PM

yes, but if you review the schedule - it comes on 4 more times this December!

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Posted 22 December 2015 - 04:35 PM

Well I missed this year's edition entirely. The competing versions were Balanchine's as performed by the New York City Ballet in the 1993 film, Nureyev's performed by the Vienna State Ballet, Youri Vamos' The Nutcracker: A Christmas Carol performed by the Bonn Ballet, and the production by Toer van Schayk and Wayne Eagling for the Dutch National Ballet, which received the largest number of votes. In case you missed it, too, Ovation posted all four versions of the Sugarplum Fairy variation on You Tube.


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Posted 29 December 2015 - 04:00 PM

Too late to vote but I watched the DNB and Bonn (Vamos) versions on my Xfinity On-demand cable service today. [I had previously watched the Vienna-Nureyev and NYCB-Balanchine DVDs.]

DNB (Von Schayk & Eagling version) was great due to the pristine dancing of the two stars, Tsygankova (the best I've seen her...sharp!) and Golding (except for that one facial expression). I only hated the drab and flat A2 scenery, brightened up at the end with a few garlands.

Bonn's is an older (ca 1986) version...but the extraordinary dancing of Joyce Cuoco-Queen of Pirouettes- makes it my winner. The blending of the Dickens Xmas Carol and Nutcracker tales was a bit of a stretch but, in the end, it works. I also loved seeing a "March of the Soldiers" that is actually performed by soldiers...but didn't care so much for the A2 "Flutes" danced by Scrooge and eight kids in nightgowns.

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