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The ‘Nut’ turns 75

The Nutcracker dances in a number to commence Clara's Christmas journey. Ballet students performed in accompaniment to music conducted by John Nardolillo.

Gabrielle Guido, Senior Reporter

December 17, 2019

Extravagant set-pieces, dancing and vibrant music have cultivated a dedicated audience for the San Francisco Ballet’s seasonal performance of “The Nutcracker” for 75 years.   “My mom and I go to the show together, as it has been a tradition since my childhood,” freshman Sage Swartz sa...

Students prepare for ‘Nutcracker’, both performing and backstage

Students prepare for 'Nutcracker', both performing and backstage

December 14, 2010

Zoë Newcomb Editor-in-Chief As Tchaikovsky’s Waltz of the Flowers floats through auditoriums and ballerinas gracefully leap across the stage, performances of the holiday classic “Nutcracker” seem to be effortless, but behind-the-scenes the process of pulling together a successful ballet t...

Nutcracker ballet retains popularity in SF

Maria Kochetkova and Davit Karapetyan dance in the Grand Pas de Deux in Tomasson’s Nutcracker. Nutcracker’s premiere in the United States was with San Francisco Ballet in 1944. Erik Tomasson | with permission

December 16, 2009

Meghan Helms Asst. A & E Editor It does not snow when winter comes to San Francisco — except on December evenings at The War Memorial Opera House where snowflakes dance in Helgi Tomasson’s Nutcracker. Seat cushions offering slight seat elevation for children line...

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