(23) PNB’s Doug Fullington, Examining The History Behind The Nutcracker

This week we are joined by Doug Fullington, assistant to the artistic director at Pacific Northwest Ballet and their education program’s manager. Mr. Fullington is a lauded dance historian, capable of reading Stepanov notation, a classical ballet notation system developed in Russia. He’s contributed to the reconstruction of many 19th century works, including ‘The Daughter of Pharaoh’, ‘Le Corsaire’, and recently, PNB’s ‘Giselle’. In 2000, he was named principal researcher for the George Balanchine Foundation’s  project entitled ’Popular Balanchine’.  We are thrilled today to talk to Doug about the compelling and perhaps little known history behind America’s most beloved holiday tradition, the Nutcracker.

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