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 provides… 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 provides… 2003-10-01 Nonfiction
Book Review

Nutcracker Nation (2003)

EW's GRADE
C

Details Release Date: Oct 01, 2003; Writer: Jennifer Fisher; Genre: Nonfiction

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 Dec 19, 2003 Published in issue #742 Dec 19, 2003 Order article reprints
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