December 18th, 2012

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Holiday Traditions - The Nutcracker Ballet

So The Nutcracker ballet is one of the most beloved ballets in modern times and perhaps is the most performed ballet in the world. But when it debuted on December 17, 1892 in the Maryinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg, Russia, it was panned and received horrible reviews. The music and the choreography were both given extremely poor reviews and Tchaikovsky was terribly depressed by its lack of success. He pulled short bits from the musical score, making a twenty-minute conglomeration which he released separately, and that was a success.

Photo of Stanislava Belinskaya as Clara (left), an unknown performer (center),
& Vassily Stulkolin as Fritz (right) in the Imperial Ballet's original production of the Petipa/Ivanov/Tchaikovsky ballet "The Nutcracker". December 1892

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