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12/16/08: The Nutcracker

Photo by Ryan Galbraith
Soloist Annie Breneman as the Snow Queen in The Nutcracker.

By Doug Fabrizio

Salt Lake City, UT – The dance scholar Jennifer Fisher says that The Nutcracker - at least in North America - has become as "regular as clockwork." Some may find it cliche - and for some it may be obligatory. But Fisher argues that Tchaikovsky's piece is one of the most powerful traditions in the world of ballet and that it tells us a lot about the values we share. Tuesday, Fisher joins Doug, along with Ballet West Artistic Director Adam Sklute, for a look at The Nutcracker and the place it holds in our culture.

Ballet West's production of The Nutcracker runs now through Dec. 27. For tickets, call 801-355-ARTS or visit

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