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Chicago’s Joffrey Ballet Looks to City’s Immigrant History for Inspiration

This is the season when ballet companies in the United States present "The Nutcracker" by Tchaikovsky.  The holiday classic tells the story of a young girl whose favorite Christmas gift, a nutcracker, comes alive and whisks her away to a magical kingdom populated by dolls.   The original story takes place in Germany, during a Christmas party of an upper class Victorian family.  But some companies give it a different spin.  Here in the nation’s capital, the...

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