CONTRA-TIEMPO just can’t wait to get to South America. They found a little piece of Bolivia, Chile, and Ecuador when they were on tour in New Mexico last week.
In celebration of the upcoming New Year, here’s a look back at our 2013 season. Five companies traveled to 13 countries, taught 13,000 students, performed 29 times, and traveled 800,000 miles.
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1. Spectrum Dance Theater in Nepal
Photo: Spectrum Dance Theater
2. Spectrum Dance Theater in Bangladesh
Photo: Ty Cheng
3. Spectrum Dance Theater in Sri Lanka
Photo: Derek Crescenti
4. Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in Morocco
Photo: Reuben Kleiner
In New York City, you can see almost any kind of dance. Come December, the city transforms into a ballet scene - because it’s Nutcracker season.
Each year, companies all over the city produce the ballet about a little girl (and sometimes boy), and the family holiday party that quickly becomes enchanted. Some cynical New Yorkers might say that it’s overdone, but it’s a challenge to sit through any production and not be won over by the festive fantasy and magical score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The ballet, featuring dancing mice, dancing snowflakes and dancing candy, has traditionally been a perfect way to interest kids in the world of ballet. It’s especially hard to resist the charm of The Nutcracker when seen through the eyes of a child. Each year brings the opportunity for a new generation to fall in love with ballet.
There were at least 15 professional productions of the Nutcracker being performed in the city this season. Here’s a guide to the New York favorites:
George Balanchine’s NutcrackerTM
The tradition of going to see the Nutcracker in New York City became popular in the 1950s with the premiere of George Balanchine’s Nutcracker performed by the New York City Ballet, which performs now at Lincoln Center.