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The Smallest Dancers Steal Their Own Show

The New York Times Critic's Notebook By: Alastair Macaulay Published: 12/23/2010 ...In comic episodes like that “The Nutcracker” becomes the American equivalent of the traditional British Christmas pantomime, a show with all kinds of character numbers telling a serious, noble story with lots of comedy and vulgarity. Some versions of “The Nutcracker” are actually more Las Vegas than the one I saw there on Sunday, but that one, well danced (though to taped music) by Nevada Ballet Theater with choreography by Peter Anastos, always showed a sure instinct for rapid changes of tone and color. (Among the many children the two little Spanish-dance girls, in frothing skirts and mantillas matching those of their adult companions, gave the most gleefully assertive performances of the show.) Mr. Anastos’s “Nutcracker” is often remarkably formal. Was any Snow choreography ever more classically hierarchical and imperially regimented than this? Read more