Sunday, December 28, 2008

"The Nutcracker" Quiz

I'm in Dallas, TX right now and will be line dancing at Billy Bobs, the world's largest honky tonk, this New Years Eve. I hope you all will be dancing into the new year as well.

Since I'm still on vacation, I thought a little holiday dance quiz could be fun. So see if you can answer the following questions and look for the answers at the bottom of the post.

1) Who do contemporary historians consider the first choreographer of "The Nutcracker"?

2) What other name is given to Clara in some Nutcracker performances?

3) "The Nutcracker" negatively was compared to which ballet score by Tchaikovsky? 

4) When and where was "The Nutcracker" first performed?

5) What is considered the most popular alternative version of "The Nutcracker"?





Here you go: 

1) Marius Petipa--a ballet dancer, teacher and choreographer of more than 50 ballets. However, it is debated whether Lev Ivanov choreographed "The Nutcracker" with Petipa's counsel.

2) Marie. The author of "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King" (a morbid story never intended for children), E.T.A. Hoffmann, named the leading lady of his story Marie, while the name of one of her dolls was Clara. 

3) Sleeping Beauty--he called "The Nutcracker's" music "infinitely poorer" than this ballet he composed in 1890.  

4) December 1892 in St. Petersburg, Russia

5) Mark Morris' "The Hard Nut," which sets the story based on horror-comic artist Charles Burns and premiered in January 1991. 

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