Joffrey’s ‘American’ Nutcracker Still Sparkles After A Quarter Century

December 2, 2012 PlayhouseSquare Center – State Theater Cleveland, OH By Steve Sucato In the 25-years since Robert Joffrey created his ‘American’ Nutcracker ballet, it has become one of the most popular touring productions of E.T.A. Hoffman’s classic holiday tale The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. For his version of the ballet conceived from a 1940 production by the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and set … Continue reading Joffrey’s ‘American’ Nutcracker Still Sparkles After A Quarter Century

Contemporary Choreographers program is a triumph

Reviewed by Steve Sucato A clap of thunder and the sound of howling winds hailed the four dancers who appeared out of darkness, emerging into the spotlight upstage at Point Park University’s George Rowland White Performance Studio. The startling opening of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre corps de ballet dancer Cooper Verona’s “Very Instinctual” set the tone for an impressive ballet packed with surprises. The work opened … Continue reading Contemporary Choreographers program is a triumph