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Urban Ballet Theater: Nutcracker in the Lower

Sat, Nov 26, 2011, 3:00 pm - Sun, Dec 04, 2011, 11:59 pm

Photo by John Ruocco
Photo by John Ruocco

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Urban Ballet Theater re-imagines The Nutcracker with krumping rats and popping soldiers in Nutcracker in the Lower for its 10th anniversary year. Daniel Catanach, Artistic Director of UBT, is acclaimed for his movement vocabulary that innovates storytelling for both children and adults.

For this special 10th anniversary staging, Daniel Catanach will introduce new multimedia projections and dream sequences integrated throughout the performance that will dazzle the audience and immerse them in the Lower East Side setting, with local landmarks such as recycled artwork sculpture gardens, the Grand Street subway station and the Williamsburg bridge. Even in the playhouse’s lobby, there will be pre-show and intermission video journeys of Clara’s family memories.

Nutcracker in the Lower explodes with daring delight, twisting the classic story of Clara and her magical adventures to reflect Manhattan’s cultural diversity. The party scene, traditionally depicted as an opulent 19th-century ball, becomes a holiday salsa fiesta. The battle scene can easily be imagined in a crumbling subway station as gigantic, krumping mice and crisp, popping toy soldiers wage war over the heroine’s fate.

The production retains the traditional grace of classical ballet in the delicate "Snow Pas de Deux" and "Waltz of the Flowers" and Tchaikovsky’s original score remains largely intact throughout the ballet, injected with the baselines of hip-hop and the burnished cante of flamenco. 

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