'Nut' again?! Yup... and this time it's in 3-D


Yes, it's that time of year again, when Nutcracker productions are as omnipresent as political advertisements were last month.  If you prefer yours canned, you might be interested in Fathom Events' broadcast of the Mariinsky Ballet's version, which was recorded in 3-D last year and will be broadcast at local theaters at 2 and 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 3.

A 3-D version of the Mariinsky Ballet's "Nutcracker" will be broadcast locally on Dec. 3. / Courtesy photo

Under the leadership of Artistic Director and conductor Valery Gergiev, the Mariinsky Theater of St. Petersburg (Russia, not Florida) was the first ballet companty to embrace 3-D technology, with the theatrical release of "Giselle in 3D" in 2011. (Which I saw and which was, at least 3-D-wise, rather unimpressive.) Now the company is cashing in on a similar treatment of the historic ballet that made its original debut 120 years ago (that's 1892) in the Mariinsky's own theater.

This production features two of the company's rising starts -- Alina Somova as Clara (Masha in the original Russian version) and Vladimir Shklyarov as the Nutcracker and Prince.

Locally it will be broadcast in 3-D at the Hollywood 20, 1930 Main St. in Sarasota; it can also be seen at the AMC Sarasota 12, 8201 S. Tamiami Trail, but in 2-D format.

Tickets are $12.50 and are available at the theaters or at

"The Nutcracker Mariinsky Ballet" in 3-D. 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3, Regal Hollywood 20, 1930 Main St., Sarasota. (Also broadcast at the AMC 12 in 2-D.) $12.50.

Carrie Seidman

Dance/arts critic, Sarasota Herald Tribune
Last modified: November 21, 2012
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