For both adults and kids surfeited with Nutcrackers—or even for people who ordinarily wouldn't be caught dead at a ballet—this fabulous Basel production of Stravinsky's Pulcinella fires on all cylinders. It's massively entertaining on all fronts: choreography, story, dancing, costumes, sets, characterizations. If you have even a smidgen of interest, do yourself a favor and try it out. I wish I could put up more lengthy extracts to give you a sample, but they've been removed from the bootleg Russian site I found them on. So take a chance and buy it from us!
|The Ballets Russes in Pulcinella, directed by Diaghilev, with music by Igor Stravinsky, choreography by Leonid Massine and designs by Pablo Picasso. Photograph: Sasha/Getty Images|
|Portrait of Stravinsky by Albert Gleizes, 1914|