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    Contact Info

    Evann Siebens

    evann at evannsiebens dot com


    Evann Siebens makes media with movement. She has exhibited her projects at galleries such as Eyebeam and Centre Pompidou, while her documentaries have been screened at MOMA and on PBS. A former dancer with the National Ballet of Canada and Bonn Ballet, Evann graduated from New York University. Now based in Vancouver, she has participated in residencies at the Banff Centre, UNIT/PITT and ACME with Keith Doyle. Evann recently won the ID/Identities Istanbul Best Video Prize, and performed at Western Front, as well as New Media Gallery, Vancouver. Recent exhibitions include MediaArtLab/Urban Screen, Russia, Lincoln Centre Film Society, New York, and screening a commissioned work during FacadeFest on the exterior of the Vancouver Art Gallery. She is represented by Wil Aballe Art Projects in Vancouver.Curriculum Vitae

Nutcracker Nation

2008 / 3 min trailer / HD Video

Every December, children in their best finery are accompanied by their families to see their first, and often their only, evening-length ballet, The Nutcracker, where sugar plums dance, mice and soldiers fight, snowflakes fall and trees grow. Battalions of children perform, fulfilling newly wrought dreams, while professional dancers tape their toes and groan as their number of “Nut” performances enter the hundreds. It often becomes the ballet we love to hate, but beneath the surface popularity are deeper roots and secular traditions.


The documentary Nutcracker Nation will address how The Nutcracker has broken beyond its traditional niche into diverse versions such as Donald Byrd’s The Harlem Nutcracker, a Hawaiian hula Nutcracker or a traditional Indian bharata natyam Nutcracker. By filtering the ballet through a multi-faceted lens: historical, cultural, racial and through the personal stories of participants, the documentary will reveal how The Nutcracker has evolved from an old world Russian ballet into a uniquely North American ritual.

Based on the book by Jennifer Fisher, Nutcracker Nation: How an old world ballet became a Christmas tradition in the new world.


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