"Nutcracker" Nation: How an Old World Ballet Became a Christmas Tradition in the New World

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Yale University Press, 2004 - Music - 230 pages
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The Nutcracker is the most popular ballet in the world, adopted and adapted by hundreds of communities across the United States and Canada every Christmas season. In this entertainingly informative book, Jennifer Fisher offers new insights into the Nutcracker phenomenon, examining it as a dance scholar and critic, a former participant, an observer of popular culture, and an interviewer of those who dance, present, and watch the beloved ballet.
Fisher traces The Nutcracker's history from its St. Petersburg premiere in 1892 through its emigration to North America in the mid-twentieth century to the many productions of recent years. She notes that after it was choreographed by another Russian immigrant to the New World, George Balanchine, the ballet began to thrive and variegate: Hawaiians added hula, Canadians added hockey, Mark Morris set it in the swinging sixties, and Donald Byrd placed it in Harlem. The dance world underestimates The Nutcracker at its peril, Fisher suggests, because the ballet is one of its most powerfully resonant traditions. After starting life as a Russian ballet based on a German tale about a little girl's imagination, The Nutcracker has become a way for Americans to tell a story about their communal values and themselves.

  

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If you're someone whose Christmas isn't complete without "The Nutcracker" in some fashion, whether it is listening to the music, attending a live production, or watching one of the many recorded ... Read full review

Review: Nutcracker Nation: How an Old World Ballet Became a Christmas Tradition in the New World

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Style is less organized than I'd like, but worth the read none the less.I was tempted to give this a 3 for that, but in content it's a 4. Lots of interesting information and an entertaining writing ... Read full review

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Contents

ONE The Early Years
3
TWO Making Friends at Christmastime
42
THREE Fitting In
80
FOUR Experiences and Relationships
132
FIVE The Meaning of Life
171
Notes
195
Bibliography
213
Index
221
Photo Credits
229
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About the author (2004)

A former snowflake and flower, Jennifer Fisher is an assistant professor of dance history and theory at the University of California, Irvine. She has written about dance for many publications, including the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and Dance International.

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