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ViennaWiener Staatsballett in der Volksoper: Coppélia

Delibes: Coppélia
Pierre Lacotte; Vienna State Ballet; Jean-Luc Simonini; Michel Ronvaux; Jacques Giovanangeli; Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera

New York CityGeorge Balanchine's Nutcracker

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker
George Balanchine; Lev Ivanov; New York City Ballet

VilniusEglė the Queen of Grass Snakes

Eglė the Queen of Grass Snakes
Balsys: Eglė the Queen of Grass Snakes
George Williamson; Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre; Martynas Staškus; Modestas Barkauskas; Louie Whitemore

StockholmThe Nutcracker

© Användning i media / Markus Gårder
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker
Marius Petipa; Lev Ivanov; Royal Swedish Ballet; Anna Skryleva; Bo-Ruben Hedwall; Ann-Mari Anttila; Royal Swedish Orchestra

BudapestThe Nutcracker

The Nutcracker
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker
Marius Petipa; Lev Ivanov; Tamás Solymosi; Wayne Eagling; Hungarian National Ballet; Gusztáv Oláh; Nóra Rományi

LeipzigDer Nussknacker

© Ida Zenna
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker
Jean-Philippe Dury; Leipziger Ballett; Tobias Engeli; Christoph Gedschold; Giedrė Šlekytė; Yoko Seyama
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Icy chic: Svetlana Zakharova as Coco Chanel

Svetlana Zakharova (Gabrielle Chanel) © Jack Devant
Modanse, a double bill designed for the star Bolshoi ballerina, disappoints at the London Coliseum. 
**111
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The Joffrey Nutcracker rises from the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago

The Joffrey Ballet Nutcracker © Cheryl Mann
The Joffrey Nutcracker succeeds in redefining the socio-economic situation of the protagonists, but throws out the baby with the bathwater.
**111
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New Breed unearths emerging Australian talent

Arise © Pedro Greig
This showcase is creative, quirky, bold and, best of all, experimental as four emerging Australian choreographers explore not just intricate shapes and sequences, but whole new ways of movement.
****1
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Balanchine's Nutcracker returns in all its annual glory

Leta Biasucci (Sugar Plum Fairy) © Angela Sterling
Great story, colorful costumes and sets, dozens of performers all add up to the annual extravaganza of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker. Pacific Northwest Ballet's superb artists portray its wonders again.
*****
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Francesca Hayward an enchanting Swanilda in Royal Ballet's Coppélia

Francesca Hayward (Swanilda) and Gary Avis (Dr Coppélius) © ROH | Bill Cooper
A ballet of charming nonsense, led by a triumvirate of exceptional performances 
****1
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Richard Alston Dance Company returns one last time to The Place

Elly Braund in Red Run © Chris Nash
A poignant farewell leaves the home audience wanting more.
****1
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