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March 02, 2010

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This is the latest casualty of the Nutcracker, injuries to dancers will ensue.

I travel to NY for at least a week of the fall season. A point of pride in supporting ABT is that the company was not a nutcracker whore, even if the dancers had to sell themselves during the season. I hate this decision. A waste of fine dancers, demeaning to the whole art form.

The irony is that I liked Ratmansky's Nut that he did for the Mariinsky a few years ago. Black patent leather snowflakes with cotton balls on their tutus.

Hi, ge!

Haglund shares your concern about the injuries that will ensue as a result of the dancers being off for so long. Hopefully, this Nutcracker will not be a new production that the company tries to throw together rehearsal-wise over 2 or 3 weeks.

We can only hope that the financial rewards of the new Nutcracker will enable a longer and more satisfying fall repertory season going forward in 2011. However, the loss of the fall season for this year is truly a disappointment.

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