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"The Nutcracker's" disturbing origin story: Why this was once the world's creepiest ballet

"The Nutcracker's" disturbing origin story: Why this was once the world's creepiest ballet

Salon - Ellen O'Connell

Having danced "The Nutcracker" daily from September to December for 11 years in various roles, I find it difficult to remember hearing the opening strains of Tchaikovsky's ballet for the first time. But of course it once was heard for the very first time, one week before Christmas in 1892, by the …

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