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San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker
Posted: December 15th, 2008
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Since the first production The Nutcracker in St. Petersburg more than century ago, its charming story, dazzling choreography and magnificent Tchaikovsky score have combined to make it one of the most popular and enduring ballets the world over. San Francisco Ballet makes the beloved ballet its own, resetting it during the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exhibition and introducing Dance in America viewers to the dazzling Maria Kochetkova and Davit Karapetyan.

Recorded last December by KQED San Francisco to help commemorate SFB’s 75th anniversary, the work is choreographed by artistic director Helgi Tomasson and features dazzling new sets by Michael Yeargan and opulent costumes by Martin Pakledinaz, both repeat Tony Award-winning designers. Olympic champion figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi hosts.

  • Patti Jay

    This version of the Nutcracker was gorgeous!! My all-time favorite has always been Baryshnikov’s (spelling?) version. This is the only version to come close in all these years. Absolutely beautiful – teriffic!!

  • Anna Malia

    This Nutcracker is one of the best Nutcracker Iv’e ever seen in my life! It was so exciting, the costumes were beautiful, and colorful! I think that it almost ties with New York Cities Nutcracker in elegance and beauty! The Chinese was absolutely beautiful!!!!!!!

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