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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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 »

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Only a few of the characters are identified in the cast list. The Nutcracker Prince is identified, but not the Nutcracker himself. 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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As timeless a Nutcracker as there ever was one
1 October 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I am very fond of ballet, and for me Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker is among the best ballets ever written. While not the best Nutcracker I've seen, this San Francisco production was wonderful, and made the most of the timeless story with interesting and intricate choreography(ie. the Pas De Deux) and also of the amazing music. The costumes and sets, even with an updated setting, still look absolutely beautiful and further advantaged by clear picture quality and excellent video directing. The sound just adds to the magnificence of the score, the orchestra play with passion, wit and pathos and the conducting is efficient. The dancing is done in a very elegant fashion, Clara especially is very mature in her movements while also maintaining that appealing girl-like quality in it. All in all, timeless and wonderful production of one of the best ballets I have had the pleasure of hearing or seeing. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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