The Hip Hop Nutcracker, a contemporary dance spectacle set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music returns to Nashville for two performances at Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Polk Theater on Nov. 24.
Produced by the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) with Executive Producer Eva Price and co-commissioned by the United Palace of Cultural Arts, The Hip Hop Nutcracker features MC Kurtis Blow, one of hip-hop’s founding fathers, opens the show with a short set before rapping the introduction.
Directed and choreographed by Jennifer Weber, The Hip Hop Nutcracker is a full-length production featuring all-star dancers, an on-stage DJ and an electric violinist. The traditional Tchaikovsky score beautifully complements the power moves of these 12 dancers, with transitional and incidental music re-mixed and re-imagined, helping to bring a beautifully surprising contemporary vibe to the production.
“We’ve got some of the best dancers in the world performing in a show that is being reimagined in a truly spectacular way,” says Blow. “The creative team has turned this old classic into a new classic, and audiences love this new adaptation everywhere we go.”
In The Hip Hop Nutcracker, Maria-Clara and the Nutcracker prince go on a dream adventure battling a gang of mice, visiting the land of sweets and learning the lessons of the holiday season. Innovative digital graffiti and visuals transform the landscape of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s beloved story from traditional 19th Century Germany to the vibrant, diverse sights and sounds of a colorful and contemporary New York City. Through the modern, self-expressive gaze of hip-hop culture, the dynamic performers of The Hip Hop Nutcracker celebrate the magic of the entire holiday season on the most inclusive holiday of them all – New Year’s Eve, a time for new beginnings.
If You Go:
The Hip Hop Nutcracker
Nov. 24, 2018
3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
TPAC’s Polk Theater
505 Deaderick St.
Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice. Institutional sponsors for TPAC include Nissan North America and Coca-Cola. TPAC is a nonprofit arts organization funded in part by support from the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission. TPAC reminds ticket buyers that the only official place to buy tickets online is TPAC.org.