A brand-new, full-length production of The Nutcracker set in Los Angeles circa 1912 was the audacious calling card when Los Angeles Ballet made its debut 11 years ago. Over the intervening years, the production has been polished to a lustrous patina and the dancing talent deepened as LAB's Nutcracker became an eagerly anticipated local holiday tradition. After this weekend's opening, LAB can be found touring Greater L.A. throughout December. With the onslaught of the shopping frenzy, traffic congestion and uncertainties about the new year, a brief respite in a world of toy soldiers, dancing dolls, sugarplum fairies and brave nutcrackers provides a much-needed source of comfort and joy. Future engagements at Dolby Theatre, UCLA Royce Hall and Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center.
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