Great Performances: Season 37, Episode 5

Dance in America: San Francisco Ballet's Nutcracker (18 Nov. 2008)

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This production of the famous ballet has been reset to take place during the 1915 San Francisco World's Fair.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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Damian Smith ...
Elizabeth Powell ...
Davit Karapetyan ...
Yuan Yuan Tan ...
Pierre-Francois Vilanoba ...
Vanessa Zahorian ...
Sarah Van Patten ...
Nicolas Blanc ...
Chinese Man (Chinese Dance)
Pascal Molat ...
Russian Lead (Trepak)
Maria Kochetkova ...
Ricardo Bustamante ...
Anita Paciotti ...
Pascale LeRoy ...
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Jim Sohm ...


This production of the famous ballet has been reset to take place during the 1915 San Francisco World's Fair.

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The program was issued on DVD before being shown on television in the U.S. See more »

Crazy Credits

Only a few of the characters are identified in the cast list. The Nutcracker Prince is identified, but not the Nutcracker himself. See more »


Version of Great Performances: The Hard Nut (1992) See more »


The Nutcracker, Op.71 (a ballet in two acts)
(1891-92) (uncredited)
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Played by the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra conducted by Martin West
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A Beautiful Production
30 December 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was in the Nutcracker 30 years ago and have many fond memories doing the Chinese section in the second act. This new production is beautifully choreographed and danced. The production design and costume design are breathtaking. The attention to detail in this is production is evident from the imaginative opening sequence to the final grand pas de deux. I loved the sequence showing Clara shrinking down to the size of her toys. Theatre magic at it's best. The new setting and concept of taking place during the 1915 SanFrancisco World's Fair fits the story so perfectly you would think it was written during that time period. I recommend this fine production to anyone who loves the Nutcracker or just wants to see some very spectacular classic ballet dancing. A+++

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