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Author Fisher, Jennifer, 1949-

Title "Nutcracker" nation : how an Old World ballet became a Christmas tradition in the New World / Jennifer Fisher
Published New Haven, Conn. ; London : Yale University Press, [2003]


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 MELB  792.84 Fis/Nnh  AVAILABLE
Description xix, 230 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents 1. The Early Years -- 2. Making Friends at Christmastime -- 3. Fitting In -- 4. Experiences and Relationships -- 5. The Meaning of Life
Summary "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 by 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 immigration 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. Americans understood and developed the ballet's themes - the pain and promise of childhood, the excitement of Christmas, the independence of its heroines Clara and the Sugar Plum Fairy, and the adventure of journeying to unknown lands and finding that "there's no place like home.""--BOOK JACKET
Notes Formerly CIP. Uk
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 213-219) and index
Filmography: page 219
Notes Print version record
SUBJECT Nutcracker (Choreographic work) -- History.
Subject Christmas -- United States.
Genre/Form History.
LC no. 2003005866
ISBN 0300097468 hardback alkaline paper
0300105991 paperback