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Outer moves, inner beauty: Looking back on the year in Boston dance

Here, in no particular order, are some of the highlights of the year in Boston dance.

By DEBRA CASH  |  December 14, 2012

Photos: Boston Ballet's Nutcracker at the Opera House

Boston Ballet stages The Nutcracker at the Opera House through December 30, 2012.

By ERIC ANTONIOU  |  December 07, 2012

Boston Ballet's Nutcracker: Visions of Sugarplums

Boston Ballet's stunning re-visioned Nutcracker is the best $2 million–plus investment this company has ever made.

By DEBRA CASH  |  December 07, 2012

Photos: The Nutcracker on the town

Out and about with the star of the Boston Ballet holiday show
Out and about with the star of the Boston Ballet holiday show
By DANNY KIM  |  November 23, 2012


Boston Ballet’s Nutcracker gets a makeunder

From November 23 through December 30, an expected 90,000 audience members will slide into seats at the Boston Opera House to take in The Nutcracker , a 42-year tradition for Boston Ballet and the result of countless hours of preparation — and not just
Tutu Takeover
By RENATA CERTO-WARE  |  November 23, 2012

The five worst Nutcracker roles

From the ages of eight to 16, I played just about every supporting role The Nutcracke r had to offer. Here are a few lowlights.
My star-studded turns in a low-budget, small-town production of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece
By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  November 23, 2012

At Home with John Lam

Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker is a local hallmark of the holiday season.

By SCOTT KEARNAN  |  November 16, 2012

New: Old traditions

The winter holidays' bells, lights, and trees are already upon us, and along with them the first of the holiday-themed shows.
AIRE spins Christmas with a Celtic charm
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 09, 2011

Review: Alexei Ratmansky's startling new Nutcracker

The greatness of Alexei Ratmansky's new Nutcracker , which American Ballet Theatre premiered on December 23 at Brooklyn Academy's Opera House, lies in two famous scenes, both recognizable yet reconceived and reanimated by the choreographer. The snow sc
Love and snow
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  January 07, 2011


The Best Boston Dance Stories of 2010

Some of the past year's most interesting dance events recaptured iconic moments in our history, either as usable texts for today's dancers or as a springboard into reinterpretation, parody, and nostalgia.
Tradition, innovation, and (loving) parody animated the year's dance
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  December 24, 2010

Photos: The Slutcracker 2010

The Slutcracker: A Burlesque takes its sexy  Nutcracker makeover to the Somerville Theatre through December 24, 2010.
A burlesque take on The Nutcracker
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  December 17, 2010

Review: BalletRox's Urban Nutcracker

BalletRox's Urban Nutcracker, plus a visit from Beth Soll
Plus a visit from Beth Soll
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  December 17, 2010

Review: Jonathan McPhee & the Longwood Symphony Orchestra at Jordan Hall

Jonathan McPhee is a hard man to keep up with.
Where's the audience?
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  December 17, 2010

Review: Boston Ballet's The Nutcracker (2010)

When E.T.A. Hoffmann wrote Nutcracker and Mouse King back in 1816, he can hardly have imagined the impact it would have on ballet as we know it.
Old faithful
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  December 03, 2010

The Nutcracker at the Merrill Auditorium

If forced to choose between the myriad screenings of It's a Wonderful Life, productions of A Christmas Carol (just check those Theater listings), and Nutcracker...
By webteam  |  November 30, 2010

Review: A Radio City Christmas at PPAC

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular , at the Providence Performing Arts Center through November 28, should be called Santa Claus and the 18 Leggy Showgirls . They could have packed the place with hubbies.
High-kicking holiday spirit
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 19, 2010

Fall Dance Preview: Kick up your heels!

This fall’s dance events include reprises at local companies.
Things are moving around town
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  September 17, 2010

Tonight: The Slutcracker returns to the Somerville Theater

The best thing to happen to the holidays in Boston since Boston Ballet got kicked out of the Wang? That'd be THE SLUTCRACKER, Babes in...
By Carly Carioli  |  December 10, 2009

Is it magic yet?

When you've seen every Boston Ballet Nutcracker for the past 20-odd years, and reviewed most of them, it can get a little hard to locate the magic. Then again, when you survey other Nutcracker s around the world you appreciate that there's no place l
Boston Ballet's Nutcracker
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  December 04, 2009

Rachel Cossar's Stuff

Rachel Cossar's Stuff

Rachel Cossar may have only recently celebrated her 21st birthday, but this ballerina - who you can see on stage in this season's run of...
By Carol Beggy  |  November 30, 2009

Must-see moves

Two of this fall's dance performances will tell Halloween-style stories — a reprise of Viktor Plotnikov's THE WIDOW'S BROOM , by Festival Ballet Providence, and a premiere of Miki Ohlsen's DRACULA , by Island Moving Co.
Flying feet and acrobatic hijinks
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  September 18, 2009

Year in Dance: Reusable histories & durable trends

Conservation is a good thing in these times, and some of the most interesting performances drew on the uses of history — personal history, performance history, and even some inventions that sought to overturn history.
No startling breakthroughs, but that's okay
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  December 22, 2008

VIDEO: The Slutcracker adds two more shows

The Slutcracker, the holiday burlesque show that whisks the audience away to a carefree realm of sex...
By Sara Faith Alterman  |  December 17, 2008

Visions of Sugar Dish

Vanessa White, stage-name Sugar Dish, was lying on her couch this past spring, watching the Joffrey Ballet on TV, when "it just popped into my brain. The name came first."
The Nutcracker meets burlesque
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  December 10, 2008


Not so great

Way back in 1977, PBS gave us a Nutcracker with a difference: Mikhail Baryshnikov as an electrifying Nutcracker/Cavalier and willowy Gelsey Kirkland as an older-than-usual Clara, as the Sugar Plum Fairy.
San Francisco's Nutcracker on PBS
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  December 02, 2008

Smaller is better

Next fall, Boston Ballet will move all its performing operations to the Opera House from Citi Performing Arts Center's immense and unfriendly Wang Theatre.
Boston Ballet's Nutcracker at the Opera House
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  December 02, 2008

VIDEO: Boston Ballet's Nutcracker/Britney Mashup

And now for something completely different. Just before Thanksgiving, the Celtics handed over contro...
By Carly Carioli  |  December 01, 2008

Pas de divorce

It’s been a roller-coaster six weeks at Boston Ballet.
Opera House captures Boston Ballet’s heart
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 02, 2008