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Title The nutcracker [videorecording] / music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky ; The American Ballet Theatre-directors, Lucia Chase, Oliver Smith and Mikhail Baryshnikov production ; director, Tony Charmoli ; producer-writer, Yanna Kroyt Brandt ; Jodav Productions, Inc.

Published [New York, NY] : Jodav Productions, Inc. ; West Long Branch, NJ : Distributed by Kultur Video, c1980.


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 videodisc (78 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Series The Baryshnikov collection
Baryshnikov collection.
Credits Production designer, Boris Aronson ; costume designer, Frank Thompson ; director of photography, Larry Boelens ; conductor, Kenneth Schermerhorn ; choreography for "Snowflake" waltz by Vasily Vainonen ; videotape editors, Gary Princz, Max Curtis.
Contents Overture -- Introduction/Start of Act I -- March of the wooden soldiers -- 1st doll dance -- 2nd doll dance -- 3rd doll dance -- Nutcracker dance -- Mice & soldiers -- Snowflake's dance -- Overture/Start of Act II -- Spanish dance -- Chinese dance -- Court jester's dance -- Marzipan dance -- Russian dance -- Flower dance -- Sugar Plum Fairy dance -- Finale.
Performers Mikhail Baryshnikov (Nutcracker/Prince), Gelsey Kirkland (Clara), Alexander Minz (Drosselmeyer), Gayle Young (Mr. Stahlbaum), Sallie Wilson (Mrs. Stahlbaum), Warren Conover (Fritz, Clara's brother), Gregory Osborne (Harlequin), Rebecca Wright (Doll), George De La Pena (Moor), Marcos Paredes (King of mice); featured soloists: Cynthia Harvey, Jolinda Menendez, Rodney Gustafson, Charles Maple, Eric Nesbitt, Clark Tippet, Hilda Morales, Kirk Peterson, Aurea Hammerli, Roman Jasinski, Nanette Glushak, Narie Johansson, Victor Barbee, Richard Schafer; narrator, Norman Rose.
Audience MPAA rating: Not rated.
Summary The chief attraction of this 1977 adaptation is the pairing of Baryshnikov and Kirkland. In consequence, the storyline has been altered to keep Clara and the Nutcracker prince as the focus of the tale. At a Christmas party, Clara is presented with the elegant Nutcracker prince by her doting godfather, Herr Drosselmeyer. A drunken male guest breaks it, and Clara is devastated. That night, Clara dreams about the Nutcracker prince: he comes to life, fights off the Rat King and his minions, and takes her to his kingdom. There she is royally entertained, and they dance together. Shy and diffident Clara longs to remain in the dream world--safe on the brink of adulthood--but her love for her godfather and her family draw her back into the waking world, where adulthood and real romance await her.
System notes DVD; Region 0 (All), NTSC; 5.1 Dolby digital surround, 2.0 Dolby digital stereo; full screen presentation, aspect ratio 1.33:1.
Local note Lenton Parr Library copy donated by Zoë Gymer-Waldron.
Other author Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilich, 1840-1893. Shchelkunchik.
Chase, Lucia, 1897-1986. Producer.
Smith, Oliver Lemuel, 1918-1994. Producer.
Baryshnikov, Mikhail, 1948- Choreographer. Dancer. Producer.
Brandt, Yanna. Author of screenplay. Producer.
Kirkland, Gelsey. Dancer.
Minz, Alexander. Dancer.
Young, Gayle. Dancer.
Wilson, Sallie. Dancer.
Conover, Warren. Dancer.
Osborne, Gregory. Dancer.
Wright, Rebecca, 1947-2006. Dancer.
De la Pena, George. Dancer.
Paredes, Marcos. Dancer.
Rose, Norman, 1917-2004. Narrator.
Charmoli, Tony. Director.
Baryshnikov, Mikhail, 1948- Nutcracker.
American Ballet Theatre.
Jodav Productions.
Kultur Video.
Subject Ballet.
Nutcrackers (Implements) -- Drama.
Children's dreams -- Drama.
Ballets -- Television adaptations.
Television adaptations.
Local donor Gymer-Waldron, Zoë. Donor.
ISBN 0769729258
Standard Number 032031292598
Publisher Number D2925 Kultur