The 7 days In advance | Dance: The Land of Sweets Sheds Its Tutus

December 21st, 2013

A dancegoer’s options are relatively constrained this 7 days: There is “The Nutcracker,” and then there’s “The Nutcracker.” But two of the season’s most well-liked renditions could not be far more distinct. At Lincoln Heart, New York Metropolis Ballet soldiers on in its 6-7 days run of George Balanchine’s traditional edition, with its pristine dancing and reverence for childhood fantasy. A darker form of fantasy is actively playing out at the Minetta Lane Theater, home to Company XIV’s burlesque twist on this E. T. A. Hoffmann tale.

Phillip Van Nostrand

Kana Kimura in “Nutcracker Rouge” at the Minetta Lane Theater.

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In “Nutcracker Rouge,” directed and choreographed by Austin McCormick, the Land of Sweets is reportedly more like a land of opulent stripteases and gymnastic feats. (“George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker”: via Jan. four, Sunday at 1 and 5 p.m., Monday and Thursday at two and seven p.m., Tuesday at two p.m., Friday at eight p.m., Saturday at two and eight p.m., David H. Koch Theater, 212-870-5570, “Nutcracker Rouge”: through Jan. 5, Sunday at seven p.m., Monday and Wednesday by means of Saturday at 8 p.m., 18 Minetta Lane, Greenwich Village 212-713-6300, )

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