Musical Globe

Getting to the Nutcracker

Serene Meshel-Dillman
Screening time  
24.02. / Tuesday, 22:00 - 00:00 Theatre 3  
'Getting To The Nutcracker' is an intimate, behind the curtain look at what it takes to produce this classic ballet each year.

Every year, the Nutcracker ballet is performed by hundreds of ballet companies in cities all over the world. This is a behind-the-scenes look at one production. We follow students at the Los Angeles based Marat Daukayev School of Ballet, led by the former Kirov star, from auditions to the final performance. Go backstage and see the Herculean effort involved in gathering the resources, assembling the volunteers, casting the dancers and staging this classic ballet. The dancers, boys and girls aged between 3 and 18, have all made incredible sacrifices and put themselves through rigorous hours of rehearsals to dance, many hoping that this will be a stepping stone to a professional career. But only a lucky few can land a principal role.


Serene Meshel-Dillman

Serene Meshel-Dillman attended School of American Ballet (SAB) and University of Vermont where she performed with the Main Street Dance Theater. A love of photography was enhanced by darkroom and printing courses at the university, and has continued to be a passion ever since. After college, Serene worked as a producer of television commercials in both New York City and Los Angeles. Serene continues to dance as much as possible.

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Getting to the Nutcracker

2013, 98', DCP

Directed by:
Serene Meshel-Dillman

Arseni Khachaturan

Edited by:
Brian George

Keith Kenniff

Serene Meshel-Dillman, Ray Dillman

Produced by:

Festivals & Awards:

Atlanta Film Festival 2014 – Best Documentary; Dances With Films 2014 – Best Documentary; Kansas International Film Festival 2014 – Best Documentary; Las Vegas Film Festival 2014 – Outstanding Direction; Samo Indie Film Festival 2014; Mallorca Evolution Film Festival 2014; First Time Fest New York 2014; Zeroplus Film Festival 2014; Village Cinemas East 2014