Mme. Hermine

Sunday, December 15

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The Independent asks if young dancers are too distracted by high tech:

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/ballet-star-carlos-acosta-can-rage-but-we-are-all-slaves-to-the-machines-9005296.html

There is nothing like a gust of rampant technophobia to set the media aflame, and the ballet dancer Carlos Acosta did the phenomenon proud last week with some choice remarks on the debilitating effect of electronic entertainment on standards in his profession.

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Siobhan Burke reviews Gelsey Kirkland Ballet in The Nutcracker:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/16/arts/dance/gelsey-kirkland-ballet-performs-the-nutcracker.html?_r=0

As a pre-eminent dancer with American Ballet Theater in the 1970s and ’80s, Gelsey Kirkland was known for her storytelling. With her fabled vulnerability and big, sad eyes, she carried many a full-length ballet: “Giselle,” “Romeo and Juliet” and, perhaps most famously, “The Nutcracker.” In a 1978 review of Mikhail Baryshnikov’s version (the same one that lit up the nation’s living rooms via PBS), the critic Anna Kisselgoff wrote in The New York Times that Ms. Kirkland, as Clara, “has found one of her deepest roles.”

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Alastair Macaulay reviews ABT's Nutcracker:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/16/arts/dance/the-nutcracker-from-american-ballet-theater-at-bam.html

The dancing combines commanding lower-body skill with luscious upper-body nuance. Better yet, it abounds in — is reinvigorated by — remarkable dynamic contrasts. These virtues, touching and arresting for their own sake, keep giving the characters more color and depth.

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A review of the Joffrey Ballet's Nutcracker:

http://www.depauliaonline.com/arts-life/joffrey-ballet-s-the-nutcracker-a-holiday-spectacular-1.3128903

The “Nutcracker” is everywhere – the music is in car commercials, on The Weather Channel weather on the 8s. There’s a good chance you’ve seen the “Nutcracker” at some point. If you ever took ballet in your life, you’ve probably been in the “Nutcracker”.

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Coverage of the New York City Ballet Nutcracker Benefit:

http://stream.wsj.com/story/latest-headlines/SS-2-63399/SS-2-406288/

The cast of The Nutcracker, from the mice to the snowflakes to the sugar plum fairies, mingled with guests including all of the children who rotate in roles on stage. For the first time this year, the organization auctioned an exact replica of Marie's nightgown, handmade by the New York City Ballet costume shop.

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A heads up from a Ballet Alertnik:

Madison Ballet performs "The Nutcracker."

It might have been cold and gray outside, but the Madison Ballet production of The Nutcracker (through Dec. 24) made Overture Hall colorful and inviting on Friday afternoon. The Madison Symphony Orchestra, conducted by John DeMain, sounded even better than last year. I may tire of hearing Tchaikovsky's famous score in holiday commercials, but I always find thrills in productions of his holiday ballet, both on the stage and in the orchestra pit. It was heartening to see the audience respond as enthusiastically to DeMain and his musicians as they did to the dancers.

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