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Hard Nut in Berkeley

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After a year's break, The Hard Nut returned last night to Berkeley's Zellerbach Hall. The same joyful deconstruction of The Nutcracker that began in Brussels and found a second home on Berkeley. Some significant cast changes from the last visit...(as usual, my program is unfindable at the moment). Ballet is as joyful as ever. Being the first performance the snowflakes were a bit cautious and not always exactly on the beat. They should have this corrected by today's matinee. Robert Cole, Cal Performance's head honcho, was in the pit leading the Berkeley Symphony.

Huge crowd, looked like a sell out...given that SF Ballet, Oakland Ballet, and the intrepid Berkeley City Ballet are all in full Nutcracker mode, this may bode well for dance in the Bay Area. Then again it may just mean there are more grand parents at the moment.

Certainly everyone had a good time last night. I'm sure the MMDG and Cal Performance marketing types were pleased with the Wall Street Journal's rave about the Hard Nut in Saturday's paper.

I'll update this later in the run.

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