Dance: THE HIP HOP NUTCRACKER (National Tour)

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by Lamont Williams on November 2, 2021

in Dance,Tours


Everything old is new again. Tchaikovsky’s 129-year-old ballet is reimagined as a holiday dance spectacle in The Hip Hop Nutcracker. It is one of the most original takes on this oft-produced dance piece. Tchaikovsky and hip-hop turn out to be great partners.

The 34-city tour kicks off in San Diego on November 6, 2021, before zig-zagging around the country to Oakland, St. Louis, Atlanta, New York City, Boston and more. The production — now in its triumphant return for a seventh season — features hip hop pioneer Kurtis “The Breaks” Blow, the first rapper to be signed by a major label in 1979; hip hop’s founding father performs as MC of The Hip Hop Nutcracker.

The Hip Hop Nutcracker picked up another accolade recently with a New York Emmy Award. Ballet legend Mikhail Baryshnikov said, “Athleticism is one thing and artistry is another, but Jennifer Weber’s Hip Hop Nutcracker puts the two together like I’ve never seen. It’s deeply moving, ingeniously modern and pure magic.” The powerhouse cast of one dozen all-star dancers, an on-stage DJ, and an electric violinist turn the beloved Tchaikovsky score on its head, while celebrating hip hop dance culture, love, and community.

In this version, Maria-Clara and the Nutcracker prince go on a dream adventure battling a gang of mice, visiting the land of sweets, and learning the lessons of the holiday season. Innovative digital graffiti and visuals transform the landscape of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s beloved story from traditional 19th Century Germany to the vibrant, diverse sights and sounds of a colorful and contemporary New York City.  The Hip Hop Nutcracker is an authentic expression of hip-hop dance and culture that celebrates the magic of the entire holiday season on the most inclusive holiday of them all – New Year’s Eve, a time for new beginnings.

Directed and choreographed by Jennifer Weber, The Hip Hop Nutcracker features an exciting group of performers who bring her imaginatively modern show to life. The cast includes Ann-Sylvia Clark as Maria-Clara; Gabriel Emphasis as The Nutcracker; Liliana “Lily” Frias as Mom; Bryan Longchamp as Dad; Lisa “Lboogie” Bauford as Drosselmeyer; Randi Freitas as Mouse King, Ensemble; Anthony “Omen” Cabrera as Toy, Ensemble; Jackie “JK-47” Agudo as Tea, Ensemble; Zuce Morales asToy/Ensemble; Seth “Reaktion” Hillard as Russian, Ensemble; Jon “Gifted” Jimenez as Chocolate/Ensemble; Dustin “D-Payne” Payne as Flute, Ensemble; Ethan Evaro as Swing/Understudy; Jarvis L. Benson as Violinist (thru 12/19); Claudius as Violinist (from 12/20); Teofilo V. Recitas II “DJ Boo” as Performance DJ; and of course Kurtis Blow as MC.

photos by Timothy Norris

for tickets, visit The Hip Hop Nutcracker
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2021 Tour Dates 

November 6  San Diego, CA Civic Theatre

November 7  San Luis Obispo, CA Cal Poly Arts

November 10  Oakland, CA  Paramount Theatre

November 12  Eugene, OR  Hult Center for the Performing Arts 

November 13-14 Seattle, WA  Paramount Theatre    

November 15  Olympia, WA  Washington Center for the Performing Arts

November 16  Portland, OR  Keller Auditorium

November 19-20 Denver, CO  Buell Theatre

November 23  Austin, TX  Bass Concert Hall

November 24  Oklahoma City, OK Civic Center Music Hall

November 26  St. Louis, MO  Stifel Theatre

November 28  Omaha, NE  Orpheum Theatre

November 30  Lawrence, KS  Lied Center

December 3  Dayton, OH  Victoria Theatre  

December 4  Columbus, OH Palace Theatre

December 5  Detroit, MI  Fisher Theatre

December 7  Charleston, SC Gaillard Center

December 8  Richmond, VA Altria Theater

December 10  W. Palm Beach, FL Kravis Center

December 11  Miami, FL  Knight Concert Hall

December 12  Jacksonville, FL Florida Theatre

December 14  Atlanta, GA  Fox Theatre

December 15  Roanoke, VA  Berglund Performing Arts Theatre

December 17  Hartford, CT  The Bushnell

December 18  Newark, NJ  NJPAC

December 19  Brooklyn, NY  Kings Theatre

December 20-22 North Bethesda, MD Strathmore

December 23  New Haven, CT Shubert Theatre

December 26  Durham, NC  DPAC

December 27-28 Charlotte, NC  Blumenthal Performing Arts

December 29  Norfolk, VA  Chrysler Hall

December 30  Pittsburgh, PA  Benedum Center

January 1  Boston, MA  Emerson Colonial Theatre

January 2  New Brunswick, NJ State Theatre New Jersey

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