The Hip Hop Nutcracker A New Twist on a Holiday Classic Dance its Way to TPAC Nov. 25
** “A truly one-of-a-kind experience, filled with high-powered choreography and a very modern storyline." - Elle Magazine **
Nashville, Tenn. – A holiday mash-up for the whole family and a contemporary dance spectacle set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music, The Hip Hop Nutcracker brings its national tour to Music City in time for the holidays with a performance at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center's James K. Polk Theater on Nov. 25, 2016.
Tickets for The Hip Hop Nutcracker go on sale Friday, Aug. 26, at 10:00 a.m. at TPAC.org, by phone at 615-782-4040, and at the TPAC Box Office, 505 Deaderick Street, in downtown Nashville.
The Hip Hop Nutcracker makes one of its earliest stops in Nashville as part of a second North American tour of 23 cities from New York to Los Angeles. The Hip Hop Nutcracker is produced by the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) and co-commissioned by United Palace of Cultural Arts.
Directed and choreographed by Jennifer Weber, 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. Through the spells cast by the mysterious Drosselmeyer, Maria-Clara and her prince travel back in time to the moment when her parents first meet in a nightclub. 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 with a short set before rapping the introduction to The Hip Hop Nutcracker.
“Three years ago, the world premiere of The Hip Hop Nutcracker was a unique holiday event that united hip-hop fans, families, and classical music and dance audiences – so many different people in our community – under one roof. This Nutcracker’s dance crew, along with rap legend Kurtis Blow, simply electrified our theater,” said David Rodriguez, NJPAC’s executive vice president and executive producer. “We are excited to share this new classic with audiences across the country.”
"Elle Magazine" calls The Hip Hop Nutcracker “a truly one-of-a-kind experience, filled with high-powered choreography and a very modern storyline," while CBS-TV raved, “The Hip Hop Nutcracker turns Tchaikovsky on his head, in the coolest possible way.”
Hip Hop Nutcracker Creative Team
Jennifer Weber: “Outstanding Emerging Choreographer” New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie) nominee, Jennifer Weber is the artistic director of the award-winning, theatrical hip-hop dance company, Decadancetheatre. Based in Brooklyn, N.Y., the company has toured across the U.S., United Kingdom, Russia and France, performing at venues including Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, the Apollo Theater, the Kennedy Center, London’s Southbank Center, the Everyman in Liverpool, New York City Center, Bumbershoot in Seattle and the Stanislavsky Music Theatre in Moscow. She also has choreographed for American Express, Uber, Ulta, L’Oreal Matrix, Reebok, Philosophy, Marc Jacobs, CK2 and the UK TV show, “Blue Peter.” Recently, she choreographed the U.S. premiere of Bryony Lavery’s “Stockholm” at Stageworks/Hudson, “Trouble: A New Rock Musical at NYMF,” and was a contributing choreographer to “James Brown - Get On the Good Foot” for the Apollo Theater/U.S. Tour with director Otis Sallid. Currently, Weber is the creative director for the 2016 tour of Bring it! Live (Lifetime). Weber and the Deca Crew were featured on Season 2 of TruTV’s theatrical competition series “Fake Off.”
Kurtis Blow: A hip-hop legend, Kurtis Blow was 20 in 1979 when he became the first rapper to be signed by a major label. Mercury released “Christmas Rappin,” and it sold more than 400,000 copies, becoming an annual classic. Its gold follow-up, “The Breaks,” helped ignite an international “Rap Attack.” He released 10 albums in over 11 years: his full-length debut, “Kurtis Blow;” his second, “Deuce,” a Top 50 Pop album and a big hit across Europe; “Party Time” featuring a pioneering fusion of rap and gogo; and “Ego Trip,” including the hits “8 Million Stories,” “AJ,” and “Basketball.” In 1985, he released “America,” featuring “If I Ruled the World,” a Top 5 hit on the "Billboard" R&B chart; Columbia/Sony recording artist Nas debuted at No. 1 on the "Billboard" Pop Album chart with a cover of the song in 1997. For more information, visit KurtBlow.com.
New Jersey Performing Arts Center: New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), located in downtown Newark, New Jersey, is among the largest performing arts centers in the U.S. and is the artistic, cultural, educational and civic center of New Jersey – where great performances and events enhance and transform lives every day. NJPAC brings diverse communities together, providing access to all and showcasing the state's and the world's best artists while acting as a leading catalyst in the revitalization of its home city. Through its extensive Arts Education programs, NJPAC is shaping the next generation of artists and arts enthusiasts. NJPAC has attracted more than 10 million visitors (including over 1.5 million children) since opening its doors in 1997, and it nurtures meaningful and lasting relationships with each of its constituents. NJPAC is a proud partner of Newark Celebration 350.
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.
Over three decades, the Tennessee Performing Arts Center has welcomed more than 12 million audience members and served more than 1.8 million students and educators with performances at TPAC, resources for teachers, classroom residencies, and enrichment programs for adults. Founded in 1980, TPAC serves several hundred thousand audience members each year with the annual series of HCA/TriStar Health Broadway at TPAC, a variety of special engagements, and the productions of the three resident artistic companies—Nashville Ballet, Nashville Opera, and Tennessee Repertory Theatre. For more information, visit TPAC.org.