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Nutcracker Nation A study of how an 1892 Russian ballet became an incredibly adaptable and universal (hulas, anyone?) dance piece is certainly a noble pursuit. Fisher...Nutcracker NationNonfiction A study of how an 1892 Russian ballet became an incredibly adaptable and universal (hulas, anyone?) dance piece is certainly a noble pursuit. Fisher...2003-12-19
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Nutcracker Nation

Genre: Nonfiction; Author: Jennifer Fisher; Status: In Season

A study of how an 1892 Russian ballet became an incredibly adaptable and universal (hulas, anyone?) dance piece is certainly a noble pursuit. Fisher provides an exhaustive history of what is often the first ballet people encounter, unshelling an enormous amount of information about her subject – the topic of her Ph.D. dissertation – for those who really want to plumb the depths of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece. But such a thoughtful work (hmm, who has the power in a pas de deux?) may make nonballetomanes want the curtain to fall a bit sooner.

Originally posted December 19 2003 — 12:00 AM EST

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