WHY I LOVE ‘THE NUTCRACKER’

“Although it’s true that a December day without ‘Nutcracker’ would probably improve the health of thousands of artistic directors and parents, it’s also true that the ballet continues to merrily launch a thousand careers and holiday celebrations.” Notable dance figures talk about their attraction to the Christmas classic. – Los Angeles Times

PILOBOLUS AT 30

When Pilobolus debuted 30 years ago, few knew what to do with them. They stripped down movement and “spent more time clinging to one another, and disguising their bodies than doing what passed for dance – doing steps across the floor. The men had taken virtually no dance technique classes. [Moses] Pendleton didn’t even know how to point his feet, for goodness sake. But audiences loved it. And so – though more cautiously – did the critics.” – Orange County Register