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Television: Battle of the Nutcrackers


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Starting tonight Ovation TV is airing six versions of the Nutcracker at 8:00

tonight: The Hard Nut

tomorrow: Balanchine's Nutcracker (with Maculay Culkin)

Tuesday: Mathew Bourne's Nutcracker

Wednesday: Bolshoi's Nutcracker

Thursday: PNB's The Nutcracker Motion Picture

Friday: Maurice Berjart's Nutcracker

 

I'll be tuning in (:

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They did this last year without the Thursday & Friday ones. I personally like the Bolshoi one the best. The Mark Morris one (The Hard Nut) was....unusual.

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Ovation TV

 

I have Time Warner Columbus, Ohio and my Ovation is channel 108....I think.

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Channel 110 :P

 

Ovation is a little obscure cable channel. It has some descent ballet programs, but few are new, and they repeat EVERYTHING. However, I have taped most of the ballet programs they have shown. They are wonderful for times when NOTHING good is on tv. Sadly, I miss dance on PBS the most. I haven't seen anything good on PBS for a long time (since the men of ballet program...forget the title).

 

Ovation TV

I have Time Warner Columbus, Ohio and my Ovation is channel 108....I think.

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Yes! 110!! Thank you, b1!!!!! :P

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I loved the balanchine one but did not like the Mark Morris or Mathew Bourne, I enjoy the classical versions most (: I DVR'd Bolshoi but haven't had a chance to watch it yet.

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OMG, it is S L O W ! It is beautiful, but after watching the Balanchine version (and knowing other versions), it is so slow, it was hard to not want them to speed up!

 

I am curious about the PNB movie. Never heard of it, but it is an old version/movie (1980something).

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We have seen the movie a couple of times. We enjoyed it, but part of it's appeal for us is that my dd has past and present instructors in the movie. It is more of a silent movie than a video of the ballet. PNB's version of the Nutcracker is not my favorite, but it is much better to watch live as a ballet, than a movie!

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I think the PNB version is a bit odd. The arabian is a peacock and russian is a tribal dance and chinese dance has some odd monster come out. I've only seen bits and pieces of it though.

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I'm kind of enjoying this Bejart version.

 

I came in during the March, so I missed any commentary. What year was this done?

 

Ok, I changed my mind. It is too weird. I am not understanding the whole Boy Scout thing. :wink::(

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