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December 12, 2011 at 8:08 AM

See Balanchine’s “Nutcracker” in movie theaters

Nothing is a substitute for live performance, of course, and Pacific Northwest Ballet has a gorgeous “Nutcracker” going on through the end of the month. But if you’re curious to get a peek at “The Nutcracker” as envisioned by the greatest 20th-century ballet choreographer, head to the multiplex Tuesday night for a one-time broadcast (live on the East Coast; tape delayed here) of New York City Ballet performing George Balanchine’s version of the holiday classic. The production, which premiered in 1954, features some differences from PNB’s version (for example, Mother Ginger — with children scurrying from under her skirts — performs instead of the Toy Theater) and shows off glorious costumes created by Balanchine’s matchless costume designer, Karinska. Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker” screens at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at a number of local theaters, including Thornton Place, Southcenter, Kent Station, Bella Bottega, Alderwood, and more; the leading roles will be performed by Megan Fairchild, Joaquin de Luz and Ashley Bouder. For more information or to buy tickets, see www.fathomevents.com.

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