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Mme. Hermine

Sunday, December 23

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A review of Oakland Ballet's Nutcracker:

http://www.sfgate.co...rms-4142458.php

The Oakland Ballet Company's sunny, perky version of "The Nutcracker" sparks a rooting interest in the troupe. Right from the start, with a mischief-filled pantomime scene that ends in a snowball fight before the Tchaikovsky Overture is through, artistic director Graham Lustig's staging of the holiday staple at the Paramount Theatre projects a playful but determined will to succeed.

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A review of Pacific Northwest Ballet by Helene Kaplan for danceviewtimes.

The upright, rigid series of repeating motifs in the first movement evolves into the vertical precariousness of the slow movement, particularly in the pas de quatre, where a woman climbs among three men and then collapses into them. By contrast, the last movement goes horizontal, with groups of dancers skipping and skimming the across the stage -- truly eye-catching -- until one starts to limp. More and more dancers limp and fall horizontally as traffic zips around them. After the initial shock they get up and get going, albeit in a more precarious landscape. "Kammermusik No. 3" has all of Morris' signature pattern-making, and, where there is a score, his fidelity to the music made it a visual delight.

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