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12/16/08: The Nutcracker

Soloist Annie Breneman as the Snow Queen in 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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