Are you familiar with Ovation TV? Artsy-fartsy cable channel. Every year, they do a “Battle of the Nutcrackers“, where they play the performances of a bunch of different companies and viewers vote on which they like the best. I often have it on as background TV during the holiday season.
Every year, the post-modern goofy stuff wins:
This was the Americans, gang. So I’ve taken to calling it “Battle of the Goofy-Ass Nutcrackers”. This year, the U.S. isn’t represented. The French have taken up the goofy-ass mantle. And this year, Sarah Jessica is hosting.
I’m sorry to be a purist, but I don’t believe that as long as I live, I will ever see The Nutcracker done better than the one Baryshnikov did in 1977. So excuse me for posting this rather long video, because I am going to need easy access to it for a bit.