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The DanceView Times, Washington, D.C. edition

       Volume 1, Number 14   An online supplement to DanceView magazine

The Kirov's Gargoyle Nutcracker

The Nutcracker
The Kirov Ballet
Opera House, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Washington, DC
Tuesday, December 23, 2003

by George Jackson
copyright © 2003 by George Jackson

The Kirov's Nutcracker is rebel, and for Russia that is novel (Fedor Lopukhov's version having been forgotten) even though it isn't for us. It starts, however, with Tchaikovsky's familiar music which was as finely etched as frostflowers on the windowpane and as clear as sleighbells drawing near. The entire score sounded glorious under Mikhail Argrest's baton in the crisp yet never harsh acoustics of the re-engineered KC Opera House. When the curtain rose to show painter Mihail Chemiakin's sets and costumes, and reveal his concept, there was much food for thought. Kirill Simonov's choreography seldom strayed far from Chemiakin's idea that Nutcracker is really a danse macabre.
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What's On This Week

Dec. 29 - Jan 4
Swan Lake

Kirov Ballet
Opera House
John F. Kennedy  Center for the Performing Arts

Dec. 23, 25, 26 at 7:30 pm; Dec. 27, 27at 1:30 and 7 p.m.
202-467-4600 or 800-444-1324

Jan. 2 - Jan. 4
The Taming of the Shrew
Ballet Austin

Children 9 and older
Terrace Theater
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 2
1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 3-4




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This weeks' articles


Mindy  Aloff's Letter from New York

The Balanchine Celebration
New York City Ballet:
A Veteran and a Raw Recruit
by Mindy Aloff

Heart and Soul
by Mary Cargill

Kid Stuff
Cas Public's If You Go Down To the Woods Today
by Susan Reiter

San Francisco Ballet:
New Wheeldon (Rush)
by Rita Felciano

New Tomasson (7 For Eight)
by Paul Parish

Possokhov's New Firebird for OBT
by Rita Felciano

Moscow Festival Ballet and Scott Wells
by Paul Parish

Hamburg Ballet's Nijinsky:
Nijinsky—Lost in the Chaos
by Clare Croft

NijinskyMadness and Metaphor
by Alexandra Tomalonis

Nijinsky and the Ballets Russes
by George Jackson

Batsheva: Breaking Down Walls
by Lisa Traiger

Ronald K. Brown/Evidence
by Clare Croft

Choreographers Showcase
by Tehreema Mitha

Zoltan Nagy
by George Jackson






Clare Croft
George Jackson
Jean Battey Lewis
Sali Ann Kriegsman
Tehreema Mitha

Alexandra Tomalonis (Editor)
Lisa Traiger


The Autumn DanceView is out:

New York City Ballet's Spring 2003 season reviewed by Gia Kourlas

An interview with the Kirov Ballet's Daria Pavlenko by Marc Haegeman

Reviews of San Francisco Ballet (by Rita Felciano) and Paris Opera Ballet (by Carol Pardo)

The ballet tradition at the Metropolitan Opera (by Elaine Machleder)

Reports from London (Jane Simpson) and the Bay Area (Rita Felciano).

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