Nutcracker Nation by Ms. Jennifer Fisher
How an Old World Ballet Became a Christmas Tradition in the New World

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"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 volume, Jennifer Fisher offers insights into the Nutcracker phenomenon, 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-20th century to the many later productions. She notes that after it was choreographed by another Russian immigrant 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. The dance world underestimates "The Nutcracker" at its peril, Fisher suggests, because the ballet is one of its most powerfully resonant traditions.
After starting life as a Russian ballet based on a German tale about a little girl's imagination, "The Nutcracker has become a way for Americans to tell a story about their communal values and themselves.

About Ms. Jennifer Fisher

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Jennifer Fisher is an art historian, critic and curator specializing in contemporary art and culture studies. In her research, she engages cultural studies approaches to examine contemporary art, curatorial practice, display culture and the aesthetics of the non-visual senses. She is a founding member of the curatorial collaborative DisplayCult which produced the exhibitions CounterPoses (1998), Vital Signs (2000), Museopathy (2001), and Linda Montano: 14 Years of Living Art (2002), among other projects.
Published September 10, 2003 by Yale University Press. 256 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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The beloved ballet bonbon has been performed by the world's most prestigious dance companies, shown on television, adopted and adapted across North America, leaving one dance critic to grumble that, every year, we are all "one more Nutcracker closer to death."

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A study of how an 1892 Russian ballet became an incredibly adaptable and universal (hulas, anyone?) dance piece is certainly a noble pursuit.

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