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18 Star Starred
Abrons Arts Center
Henry Street Settlement 466 Grand Street New York City, NY 10002
212-598-0400
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"Nutcracker in the Lower"
39 ratings
4.3 average rating
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littlemissdelight
16 events
9 reviews
9 stars
attended Nov 29 2011

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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96 events
7 reviews
66 stars
attended Dec 02 2011

This event was awesome. Every time I looked over at my daughter she said "Mommy I love it!!" Thanks for a great show!!!

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77 events
67 reviews
14 stars
attended Dec 02 2011

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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Description

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

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