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For many Sacramentans, it isn’t Christmastime without a trip to the Sacramento Ballet‘s “The Nutcracker.” For a couple of decades at least, that meant former artistic director Ron Cunningham’s version, based on the original 1892 choreography of Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa, for the Russian Imperial Ballet.

This year, Sacramento Ballet artistic director Amy Seiwert is introducing her own version of “The Nutcracker,” also inspired by the choreography of Ivanov and Petipa, as nearly all versions are. Seiwert is one of only half a dozen women choreographers in the country to have a version of “The Nutcracker” currently being produced. There are significant differences between Seiwert’s ballet and Cunningham’s, including several that have become audience favorites.

A scene in which mourning members of the mice army carry their dead king off on a stretcher (played for comic effect) has been eliminated because, as Seiwert said, to…

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