The Joffrey’s Nutcracker abandons plot, pathos, and palatable choreography in favor of special effects

The most memorable dances, unfortunately, are the most offensive.

Curtain up on the Joffrey’s third season of Christopher Wheeldon’s Nutcracker, which resituates the popular Christmas ballet in Chicago during the 1893 Columbian Exposition. In his note to the program, artistic director Ashley Wheater quotes historian Peter Bacon Hales: “The White City is a utopian city, a model for redefining modern urban life.”…

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