GREAT PERFORMANCES: DANCE IN AMERICA
San Francisco Ballet's Nutcracker
Aired Wednesday, December 17, 8:00 p.m. on CPTV
Since the first production The Nutcracker in St. Petersburg more than a century ago, its charming story, dazzling choreography and magnificent Tchaikovsky score have combined to make it one of the most popular and enduring ballets the world over.
San Francisco Ballet makes the beloved ballet its own, resetting it during the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exhibition and introducing “Dance in America” viewers to the dazzling Maria Kochetkova and Davit Karapetyan.
Recorded last December by KQED San Francisco to help commemorate SFB’s 75th anniversary, the work is choreographed by artistic director Helgi Tomasson and features dazzling new sets by Michael Yeargan and opulent costumes by Martin Pakledinaz, both repeat Tony Award-winning designers.Olympic champion figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi hosts.