Andrea Hohln/New York Times
It's the holiday season, and nothing says winter is coming like “Nutcracker” soon to be performed by the New York City Ballet in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Heralded as the “one to keep returning to,” George Balanchine's “Nutcracker” is a unique presentation of the classic performance carried out by the talented artists of the New York City Ballet.
At this time of year different productions of “Nutcracker” become available to New Yorkers like a test question with multiple answers. At least eight live productions will come to Manhattan in 2012 (including “The Yorkville Nutcracker,” “The Knickerbocker Suite” and “Nut/Cracked”); one to Brooklyn (Alexei Ratmansky’s for American Ballet Theater); and, on Dec. 3, the 3-D broadcast of the Mariinsky Ballet’s production in St. Petersburg (screened in several Manhattan cinemas).
Yet even to those of us who have seen many productions, the “Nutcracker” of all “Nutcrackers” — the one to keep returning to — remains George Balanchine’s.