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George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

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Keller Auditorium Southwest
Sat., Dec. 9, 2 & 7:30 p.m., Sun., Dec. 10, 2 & 7:30 p.m., Thu., Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m., Fri., Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m., Sat., Dec. 16, 2 & 7:30

$34-146

Though not my preferred version, George Balanchine’s Nutcracker is FINE. Oregon Ballet Theatre pulls off his delightful choreography for Dewdrop (retiring soloist Candace Bouchard), who punctuates the Waltz of the Flowers with energetic jumps, and the Sugar Plum Fairy (Xuan Cheng), who holds an arabesque as she’s pulled forward slowly on one foot in her final pas de deux. HOWEVER, there’s definitely too much kid-dancing (you have to sit through almost the entire first act before seeing anyone en pointe, which is unacceptable) and some truly off-putting, racist costuming choices (even more unacceptable). At least the rats are cute? MEGAN BURBANK

Keller Auditorium

222 SW Clay, Portland, OR 97201
503-248-4335.
https://www.portland5.com/

Event Times
This event is in the past.
  • Sat., Dec. 9, 2 & 7:30 p.m., Sun., Dec. 10, 2 & 7:30 p.m., Thu., Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m., Fri., Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m., Sat., Dec. 16, 2 & 7:30