Nutcracker in the Lower: Urban Ballet Theater's Take on the Classic
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The last date listed for Nutcracker in the Lower was Sunday December 4, 2011 / 3:00pm.
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Featured review from Zee Yuiko
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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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This was highly enjoyable. It was creative, it was funny and it was emotionally charged. I could not have been happier with show. The dancers were great and despite the fact that i knew all the songs to the nutcracker and have seen it multiple...continued
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OMG! This was awesome, spectacular, great! The actors and actresses was awesome! It was adorable, exciting, exhilarating, magnificent, wonderful, roaring, jubilant, ecstatic, gratifying, all roll into one! I hope they continue this till the end...continued
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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