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“Arabian Variation,” Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
Your jaw will start to drop at 0:50. At 2:04, it will be completely on the floor. You should probably put down some padding or something.
“Battle With The Rat King,” The Royal Opera Ballet
Just think about what’s happening here. You’ve got a bunch of professionally trained dancers wearing rat heads fake-fighting with a bunch of other dancers who look like toy soldiers. It’s both adorable and horrifying at the same time.
“Gobstoppers,” Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker!
Choreographer Matthew Bourne’s cheeky send-up of the classic story finds Clara at Dr. Dross’ Orphanage for Waifs and Strays on Christmas Eve, where she gets transported through a winter wonderland to the kingdom of Sweetieland.
The Nutcracker Live, California Philharmonic Dancers
The amazing animators from So You Think You Can Dance — Cyrus “Glitch” Spencer, James “BDash” Derrick, and Kevin “Konkrete” Davis — do their thing while accompanied by the California Philharmonic. This is some next-level genre- and style-blending.