LOOKING AT NUTCRACKER
The Nutcracker: Complete
George Balanchine's The Nutcracker, [Kistler, Woetzel] (1993)
Balanchine, New York City Ballet - 93 min.
A great film version of a great production, dubbed narration
Nutcracker: The Motion Picture, [Barker, Walthall] (1983)
Stowell, Pacific Northwest Ballet - 84 min.
Quirky, idiosyncratic back-to-Hoffman manqué
The Nutcracker, [Baryshnikov, Kirkland] (1976)
Baryshnikov, American Ballet Theater - 79 min.
Beautiful Gelsey Kirkland, Baryshnikov in his prime; unfortunate,
_____________, [Arkiphova, Mukhamedov]
Grigorovitch, Bolshoi Ballet - 105 min.
Icky, unmagical production, dances turn into slow-motion processions.
_____________, [Maximova-N. Pavlova,
Grigorovitch, Bolshoi Ballet - 120 min.
Drama captured on tape - principal is injured; bring on the understudy!
_____________, [Maximova, Vasiliev]
Grigorovitch, Bolshoi Ballet - no timing available
_____________, [Vasilieva, Gorbatsevich]
Kasatkina/Vasiliov, Russian State Theater Academy of Classical
Ballet - 100 min.
A conflation of various choreographies - a sort of composite
_____________, [Nureyev, Park]
Nureyev, Royal Ballet - no timing available
Heavily dependent on Soviet versions, magic-challenged. Park
at her best.
_____________, [Maurin, Hilaire]
Nureyev, Paris Opera Ballet - no timing available
_____________, [Lezhnina, Baranov]
Vainonen, Kirov Ballet - 95 min.
Oh dear, Vainonen! Oldy-timey Marxist-Leninist realism starts
to take its toll on a poor defenseless ballet.
_____________, [Collier, Dowell]
Wright, after Ivanov, Royal Ballet - 102 min.
Soldiers on in the right directions, but gets lost in its own
conventions. Drosselmeyer's relationship to interpolated nephew
leaves a bad taste.
_____________, [Yoshida, Mukhamedov]
Wright, after Ivanov, Birmingham Royal Ballet - 98 min.