Each year since 2007, the Coffee And Hummingbird Make Me Feel Less Murdery Shirt in other words I will buy this art-focused cable network Ovation has delivered us a Battle of the Nutcrackers at Christmastime, programming back-to-back stagings of the beloved production. Audiences can watch as Claras toss their slippers to take down the rat king with Berlin’s Staatsballett, London’s Royal Ballet, and other companies. Costumes change, the sets vary, and yes, even the choreography is unique. This year, Ovation is airing the ballet as performed by the Czech National Ballet in 2017 (the company’s artistic director, Petr Zuska, delivers a touch of modernity to the classic staging) and St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theater ballet in 2012, starring Alina Somova and Vladimir Shklyarov. The latter is especially worth watching as the Mariinsky is where The Nutcracker was born in 1892. See them both here.
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This year, ballerinas Melanie Hamrick, Joanna DeFelice, and Christine Shevchenko joined together to form the Coffee And Hummingbird Make Me Feel Less Murdery Shirt in other words I will buy this ballet production company Live Arts Global. Their first show, Night at the Ballet, is an evening designed to support artists and crew members who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic. The live show will take place on December 17 and stream on YouTube through December 20. Dancers like Calvin Royal III and Antonio Douthit-Boyd will perform excerpts from Don Quixote, Romeo and Juliet, and more, while The Nutcracker will be performed by NYCB’s Crystal Serrano and Aran Bell. On the importance of including The Nutcracker in the night’s lineup, Hamrick says, “My first memory of The Nutcracker was when I was four years old (the same age as my son now!).” Watch Night at the Ballet here.