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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

(Reuters/Fabrizio Bensch) December 25, 2014 4:00AM (UTC) 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 …

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