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Fab 5: Pointe by Pointe

Kate Evans | November 16, 2016 | Story Galleries and Performance

Tandy Beal & Company
In Nutz RE-Mixed!, a daring take on The Nutcracker, more than 30 world-class dancers, singers and circus artists come together to perform a quirky holiday spectacular sure to dazzle and delight. Nov. 18-Dec. 4, tickets from $26, Hammer Theatre Center, 101 Paseo de San Antonio Walk, San Jose

Los Gatos Ballet
This vibrant production of The Nutcracker is performed by local talent and principal dancers from the San Francisco Ballet—all set to live music from the philharmonic San Jose Youth Orchestra. Dec. 9-11, tickets from $25, Flint Center for the Performing Arts, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino

Menlowe Ballet
It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker combines two beloved holiday traditions—the magical ballet with the Frank Capra movie classic—in one memorable performance. Dec. 9-11 and 16-18, tickets from $35, The Center for Performing Arts at Menlo-Atherton, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton

The New Ballet School
The San Jose Nutcracker is a creative collaboration with History San Jose that tells the traditional tale with a twist: It includes historical references to Silicon Valley. (There’s also a special child-friendly one-hour performance, My Very First Nutcracker.) Dec. 16-24, tickets from $20, Hammer Theatre Center, 101 Paseo de San Antonio Walk, San Jose

Peninsula Ballet Theatre
In Carlos Carvajal’s Nutcracker, the choreographer’s elegant movements bring the narrative to life in a historic setting. Audience members can meet the dancers onstage after the show. (PBT’s The Nutcracker Sweet is a separate performance geared toward preschoolers.) Dec. 17-18, tickets from $30, Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway, Redwood City

Originally published in the November issue of Silicon Valley

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