'Nutcracker' at 25, still jumping for joy

12-13, Nutcracker, Reviews

Inquirer, December 12, 2012   When Pennsylvania Ballet opened its 25th season of performing George Balanchine's full-lengthNutcracker Saturday at the Academy of Music, there undoubtedly were people in the audience who were seeing it for the 25th year in a row.   So what's to... More

Surviving "Nutcracker"

12-13, Features, Nutcracker

Pointe Magazine, December 2012   Dancers have a love-hate relationship withNutcracker. For many, it was the first ballet they saw; for even more, it was the first they ever performed. But, despite the nostalgia, December’s relentless marathon of shows takes a toll. If Nutcracker ... More

Ian Hussey: Taking athletic abilities to the ballet’s center stage

12-13, Interviews

Philadelphia Gay News, December 2012 In “Nutcracker: The Motion Picture,” the narrator states: “In the language of this dream, in that palace of delight, we spoke with our whole selves ... And my tall Nutcracker Cavalier had eyes only for me, for at least as long as that dream could be.” Well,... More

Pennsylvania Ballet, Behind-the-Scenes

12-13, Features

Philadelphia Style, December 2012 Barbara Weisberger still speaks fondly of the tree that became known to some as “Barbara’s Folly.” When the founder and former artistic director of Pennsylvania Ballet staged the company’s first production of The Nutcracker back in 1968, the... More

A Swan Song For A Prima Ballerina

12-13, Radio, Features, Retirement

Jim Cotter speaks with Pennsylvania Ballet Principal dancer Arantxa Ochoa.  After 16 years with the company, 11 of those in leading roles, Ochoa will retire from the stage after dancing the title role in Giselle, the ballet’s season-opening production. Listen Now >> October... More