Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker - San Francisco Ballet (2008) Review
(More customer reviews)This new SF Ballet production of the Tchaikovsky warhorse is a real treat for dance fans and novices alike. The physical mounting's sumptuous, witty, and the San Francisco references seem playful, not forced. There are moments of such stunning beauty in this performance, the music, design, dance and storytelling combine to transport the viewer instantly to a happy, marvelling state of childhood. Would serve as an ideal introduction to the NUTCRACKER for young viewers, and there's plenty for their parents to enjoy, too. Highly, highly recommended.
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This visually stunning, all-new production of Nutcracker,choreographed by Helgi Tomasson (artistic director of the SanFrancisco Ballet) is a graceful and timeless adventure on a grandscale. The scenic design by Michael Yeargan, setting the tale atthe time of the 1915 San Francisco World Fair, is sensational.From the lovely Waltz of the Flowers to the crystalline beauty ofthe stunning Snowflake Waltz, each scene is more breathtakingthan the last, bringing to life all the well-known and belovedcharacters with fresh sparkle and compelling originality.Recorded in High Definition video and true surround sound,this age-transcending production offers a dazzling magicaljourney which has received critical acclaim throughout theworld. Illustrated synopsis & cast gallery.Interviews with Helgi Tomasson, Michael Yeargan and MartinPakledinaz.Documentary: 1915 World's Fair.Recorded live at the War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco,California, on 19th & 20th December 2007.