"Nutcracker" Nation How an Old World Ballet Became a Christmas Tradition in the New World Jennifer Fisher
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- Publication date:
- 14 Sep 2004
- 256 pages: 212 x 146 x 18mm
"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.
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.
"A lively historical and cultural analysis of The Nutcracker."--Publishers Weekly