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For Tony Williams And The Urban Nutcracker, It's All About Trust

Michael Levin | Posted 01.16.2017 | Arts
Michael Levin

Tony Williams must trust me. He must trust me a lot. He trusts me so much that he let me appear in his Urban Nutcracker this past December in Bost...

An Urban Nutcracker Transcending Race, Gender, Sexuality, Autism, You Name It...

Michael Levin | Posted 12.02.2016 | Arts
Michael Levin

In 2001, Tony Williams, the first biracial member of Boston Ballet back in the 1960s, noticed he had 20 boys among the 100 kids he was teaching in his...

'Trashdance Triumph': Truer and Way More Fun than 'Black Swan'

Carla Escoda | Posted 04.22.2016 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Trashdance Triumph is the sordid yet strangely exhilarating tale of a Russian émigré to America - a former star of the Mariinsky Ballet in St. Peter...

You've Never Seen A 'Nutcracker' Quite Like This Before

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

“I wanted a giant, giant number of snowflakes, but I thought, ‘Why are snowflakes women?’ I’m not sure. Once you’re frozen, it doesn’t mat...

Pianist Stewart Goodyear -- on 'The Nutcracker'

Sean Martinfield | Posted 11.23.2016 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Pianist and composer Stewart Goodyear's new recording - The Nutcracker, Complete Ballet Arranged for Solo Piano - is the best new thing in Tchaikovsky...

A Profile of Hansuke Yamamoto, Soloist With San Francisco Ballet

Sean Martinfield | Posted 05.26.2015 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

I first saw Hansuke Yamamoto as the Bluebird in San Francisco Ballet's 2006 presentation of Sleeping Beauty. He leaped out from stage right and at such height that it sparked an audible gasp throughout the War Memorial Opera House.

New York's Hot Toddy: "Nutcracker Rouge"

Phil Chan | Posted 03.07.2015 | Arts
Phil Chan

It's not just the ballet companies that are producing "Nutcracker" either. In response to the work's popularity, companies presenting many other styles of dance have tried their hand at interpreting Tschaikovsky's 1892 score.

The Jaded Sing Hallelujah for Oakland Ballet's Nutcracker

Carla Escoda | Posted 02.21.2015 | Arts
Carla Escoda

"I am experiencing a kind of crisis," Tchaikovsky wrote gloomily, after being ordered by the tzar's flunkeys to compose a ballet score for a flimsy tale centred around children, rats and a candy kingdom. After the glory of The Sleeping Beauty, the Nutcracker commission seemed like an insult.

These Hip-Hop Dancers Are Remixing A Classic Ballet

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 12.04.2014 | Black Voices

This December, New York City's United Palace of Cultural Arts is adding some urban flair to Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet in “The Hip Hop Nutcracke...

A Brief Visual History Of Ballet In The 20th Century

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 03.10.2016 | Arts

As holiday season approaches, visions of sugar-plum fairies inevitably begin dancing in our heads. 'Tis the time of "The Nutcracker," and other classi...

Oakland Ballet's Nutcracker Brings a Vibrant Community Together

Carla Escoda | Posted 02.15.2014 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Lustig reminds us that the company is an integral part of Oakland's vibrant arts community, and cites strong support from the City of Oakland, as well as from his board, that this year has enabled him to commit to three performances of The Nutcracker.

'Nutcracker' Season Is The BEST Time Of The Year

The Huffington Post | Megan Mayer | Posted 12.14.2013 | Style

Sure, the gifts and eggnog are nice. But we love the holiday season for one reason: "The Nutcracker." Who doesn't get caught up in the merriment after...

This NSFW Version Of The Nutcracker Is The Greatest Holiday Homage Ever

Posted 12.05.2013 | Arts

This is the holiday performance extravaganza we've been waiting for. Don't get us wrong, we love the traditional Nutcracker ballet as much as the next...

Happy Birthday, Tchaikovsky!

Posted 05.07.2013 | Arts

Today is the birthday of Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Famous for hummable masterpieces like "1812 Overture" and "Swan Lake," the classic...

An Update From Miami

Michael Kaiser | Posted 04.13.2013 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Eight months ago, the Miami City Ballet was a mess. The remarkable Edward Villella was beginning his last season as artistic director, the organization had run out of cash, its executive director had left and the survival of the institution was truly in doubt.

New Year's Fiscal Cliff Hangover

Randee Mia Berman | Posted 01.01.2013 | Comedy
Randee Mia Berman

Considering the art of rock climbing and sport of cliff scaling, we might have better fiscal sports analysis from ESPN than CNN. We know it's got something to do with debt and taxes. Just what we're not clear.

The Nutcraker Comes Alive for the Youngest Children

Jamie Davis Smith | Posted 01.27.2013 | DC
Jamie Davis Smith

I grew up enchanted with The Nutcracker. Thanks to the Puppet Co. at Glen Echo I was able to take two of my children to a Nutcracker production this year.

PHOTOS: Maurice Sendak's Illustrations From 'The Nutcracker'

Posted 11.17.2012 | Books

We know it's a bit early to be thinking about Christmas (Thanksgiving hasn't even passed yet!), but we can't help but get excited when we think about ...

The Washington Ballet's Nutcracker: Now With Live Music

Posted 12.13.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- The Washington Ballet announced on Wednesday that this year's performance of "The Nutcracker" will feature live musicians. Why the big f...

Twelve Months Til Christmas

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

For most people, the holiday season is over and done with. Christmas decorations have been put back into storage and the tree has been disposed of. But for arts entrepreneurs the situation is quite different.

Gov. Paterson And Rev. Al Sharpton Crackdowns On Sale Of Alcoholic 'Nutcracker' Punch | By Edgar Sandoval and Simone Weichselbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

State officials and cops vowed Sunday to crack down on bodegas and bootleggers that illegally sell fruit punch spiked with booze....