Chicago’s Nutcracker

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photo by Cheryl Mann

The Joffrey Ballet’s new presentation ofΒ The NutcrackerΒ came in with a flash, but fully demonstrated its intention to become a fixture in the Chicago performing arts scene. Choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, the production will run until December 30.

I appreciated the connection to Chicago with the production taking place during the construction forΒ World’s Fair in Chicago in 1893. It’s a musicologist and dramturg’s dream. Continue reading

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Dance Theatre of Harlem: Return

I’m still feeling energized and thankful for a stunning production by Dance Theatre of Harlem at the Auditorium Theatre last weekend.

It’s the time of year for valuing the people in our lives. I’ve been having a relaxing time with family away from the city for Thanksgiving, but part of my heart is still at the Dance Theatre of Harlem student matinee with my students. Continue reading