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TokyoThe Nutcracker and the Mouse King

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker and the Mouse King
Wayne Eagling; The National Ballet of Japan; Alexei Baklan; Naoji Kawaguchi; Ayako Maeda; Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra

LeipzigDornröschenNew production

Dornröschen
Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty
Jeroen Verbruggen; Leipziger Ballett; Felix Bender; Andrea Sanguineti; Chiara Stephenson; Charlie Le Mindu

VilniusThe Nutcracker

The Nutcracker
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker and the Mouse King
Krzysztof Pastor; Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre; Martynas Staškus; Vyacheslav Okunev; Modestas Barkauskas; Julija Stankevičiūtė

New York CityGeorge Balanchine's Nutcracker

New York City Ballet’s production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker © Erin Baiano
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker
George Balanchine; Lev Ivanov; New York City Ballet; Kai Misra-Stone; Sophia Thomopoulos; Brandon Chosed; Miriam Miller

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

BudapestThe Nutcracker

The Nutcracker
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker
Marius Petipa; Lev Ivanov; Tamás Solymosi; Wayne Eagling; Hungarian National Ballet; Gusztáv Oláh; Nóra Rományi
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Erina Takahashi sparkles as ENB’s Nutcracker returns

Erina Takahashi (Clara/Sugar Plum Fairy) and Francesco Gabriele Frola (Nephew) © Laurent Liotardo
Despite confused storytelling in Wayne Eagling's version of ETA Hoffmann's tale, ENB's Nutcracker has some lovely dancing. 
***11
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Balanchine's Nutcracker remains a timeless holiday gift

New York City Ballet’s production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker © Erin Baiano
Balanchine’s Nutcracker may have premiered in 1954, but every year tickets sell out for this festive treat. 
*****
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Ekman’s LIB and Eyal’s Strong at the Staatsballett Berlin

Polina Semionova, Ksenia Ovsyanick, Elisa Carrillo Cabrera, Johnny McMillan in Lib © Jubal Battisti
Let's not split hairs: Alexander Ekman's Lib and Sharon Eyal's Strong flooded the opera with the Berlin young-and-hip art scene.
****1
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McGregor and Mugler unveil a dance-fashion spectacle at the Coliseum

Ed Watson and Olga Smirnova in McGregor + Mugler © Sasha Gusov
Fêted collaboration lacks substance despite committed performances, and it's Cherkaoui's Faun that captures the human connection.
**111
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Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake proves emotional and timeless in LA

James Lovell, Max Westwell and company in Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake © Craig Schwartz Photography
Matthew Bourne's brilliant rendition of Swan Lake makes this classic story ballet refreshing, contemporary and emotional.
*****
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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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