Nutcracker in the Lower: Urban Ballet Theater's Take on the Classic
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American Ballet's 2014 spring season at the Met has a little bit of everything: knights in shining armor, exotic Indian temple dancers, dolls that come to life and doomed love affairs. Since 1940, ABT's graced the stages of the greatest venues around the world, creating a dance tradition that brings joy to old fans of ballet and creates new fans. This year's program starts with Don Quixote, a whimsical tale that explodes with one show-stopping performance after another, from the bravura dancing of the fiery toreador Espada to a colorful caravan of gypsies. Then it's off to the sweeping vistas and grand temples of mystical India for the great Russian classic, La Bayadere, a glorious epic of eternal love and godly revenge. After that, it's back to Europe for Coppelia, the perfect introduction to ballet. This fairy tale story introduces us to Coppelia, a beautiful doll so lifelike that she causes a lot of trouble between two young lovers. Finally, there's Kenneth MacMillan's dramatic masterwork, Manon, set to Massenet's lush score. This tragic romance soars to searing theatrical heights as the beautiful courtesan Manon chooses between the temptations of wealth and true love. Learn More
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The show is vibrant and unique. Fun. Highly recommend. Audiences are not the best. I assume most of audiences are families/friends of the performers, do they give applause for not so good piece of performance. The show doesnt start on time. Still, interesting and full of different types of dance, didn't alter traditional flow and music much yet innovative and modern. Not most high quality performance (didn't expect that), but definitely worth watching. Really hope for the performers and the dance company that they can get more and more real audiences in the future. Some of the dancers deserve it, and it would create more appreciative atmosphere.
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Krumping rats and popping soldiers, crooked hats, and The Nutcracker, re-imagined by the Urban Ballet Theater, will never be the same. Abrons hosts Nutcracker in the Lower for its 10th-anniversary year, establishing a cultural tradition that is as diverse as it is relevant. Daniel Catanach, Artistic Director of UBT, is acclaimed for his movement vocabulary that innovates storytelling for both children and adults.
Nutcracker in the Lower explodes with daring and 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 mice and crisp 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.” The Cavalier and Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy is a Romantic interpretation of Clara’s idealized family. Clara’s journey through these tableaux echo the audience’s own experience through this new interpretation.
Tchaikovsky’s original score remains largely intact throughout the ballet, injected with the baselines of hip-hop and the burnished cante of flamenco. UBT’s representation of such diversity is not only intentional, but also a natural expression of the multilayered community of artists in the Lower East Side
About the Ticket Supplier: Abrons Arts CenterThe Abrons Arts Center brings innovative artistic excellence to Manhattan's Lower East Side through diverse, cutting-edge performances; exhibitions/artist residencies; classes and workshops for all ages, including pre-professional training for youth; and arts-in-education programming at public schools.
Some of the most adventurous artists of the past century have trained, taught, or performed at Henry Street, including John Cage, Aaron Copland, Dizzy Gillespie, Martha Graham, Alicia Keyes, Alwin Nikolais, Jackson Pollack, Denzel Washington, and Orson Welles.