Dance

The Hip Hop Nutcracker

November 21 - 22 at 7:30 pm

State Theatre

A holiday mash-up for the entire family, The Hip Hop Nutcracker, a contemporary re-imagination of Tchaikovsky’s timeless music.

The Hip Hop Nutcracker is an modern twist on a holiday classic performed by a supercharged cast of a dozen all-star dancers, DJ and violinist.  Through the spells cast by the mysterious Drosselmeyer, Maria-Clara and her Nutcracker prince, travel back in time to the moment when her parents first meet in a nightclub. Digital scenery transforms E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story of sugarplums into 1980s Brooklyn. The Hip Hop Nutcracker celebrates love, community and the magic of New Year’s Eve.

Special guest MC Kurtis Blow, one of hip hop’s founding fathers, will appear as the special guest MC. This production is directed and choreographed by Jennifer Weber, artistic director of the Brooklyn based theatrical hip-hop dance company Decadancetheatre. It was adapted to contemporary New York City by Mike Fitelson, executive director of United Palace of Cultural Arts (UPCA) and includes hip-hop interludes remixed and reimagined by DJ Boo as well as an on-stage electric violinist.

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