New York (November 12, 2016) – The Hip Hop Nutcracker, a contemporary dance spectacle set to Tchaikovsky's timeless music, is a holiday mash-up sure to please the entire family. Produced by the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) and co-commissioned by United Palace of Cultural Arts, The Hip Hop Nutcracker makes two NY Metro-area stops during its second North American tour of 23 cities from Los Angeles to New York.
The hit holiday show has two shows at United Palace in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan on December 3 and an afternoon performance at New Jersey Performing Arts Center on December 17.
The Hip Hop Nutcracker is "a generous dose of contemporary spirit sure to heat up even the most restless and wintry of souls" according to The New York Times, while CBS-TV raved, "The Hip Hop Nutcracker turns Tchaikovsky on his head, in the coolest possible way."
Directed and choreographed by Jennifer Weber and adapted by Mike Fitelson, The Hip Hop Nutcracker is a full-length production performed by a supercharged cast of a dozen all-star dancers, a DJ and a violinist. While Act I faithfully contemporizes the traditional Nutcracker narrative arc, Act II reimagines what happens when the mysterious Drosselmeyer casts a spell on Maria-Clara and her prince, allowing them to travel back in time to the moment when her parents first met. Digital scenery transforms E.T.A. Hoffmann's beloved story set to the streets of New York. The dance work celebrates love, community and the magic of New Year's Eve.
Special guest MC Kurtis Blow, one of hip hop's founding fathers, will open the show in several cities with a short set before rapping the introduction to The Hip Hop Nutcracker.
The Hip Hop Nutcracker
with Special Guest MC Kurtis Blow
3 NY Metro area shows
as part of a 23-city North American tour