What do the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Mouse King, Gingerbread Soldiers and a Nutcracker-prince have in common with Tsarist Russia? How did a failed ballet come to represent all that is magical about the holiday season? And, how is the fate of kings, courts and states bound up with something as ethereal as ballet?
Jennifer Homans, former professional dancer, historian and dance critic. She is a distinguished Scholar in Residence at New York University and author of Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet