Krumping rats and popping soldiers, crooked hats, and the Nutcracker ballet, re-imagined by the Urban Ballet Theater, will never be the same. The Abrons Arts Center hosts Nutcracker in the Lower for its ninth consecutive year, establishing a cultural tradition that is as diverse as it is relevant. Exploding with daring and delight, the classic story of Clara and her magical adventures is tweaked to reflect Manhattans cultural diversity. The "Party Scene," traditionally depicted as an opulent 19th-century ball, becomes a holiday salsa fiesta, while the "Battle Scene" between the gigantic mice and crisp toy soldiers is infused with hip-hop choreography. Traditional Flamenco and Chinese ribbon dancers add a dynamic cultural authenticity in the Spanish and Chinese segments, and classical ballet forms retain the traditional grace of the delicate "Snow Pas de Deux" and "Waltz of the Flowers." Tchaikovskys original score remains largely intact throughout the ballet, injected with the baselines of hip-hop and the burnished cante of flamenco. The representation of such diversity not only innovates the storytelling for both children and adults, but it also serves as a natural expression of the multi-layered community of artists in the Lower East Side.
Opens: 28th November 2009
Closed: 5th December 2009
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