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Hip Hop Nutcracker

Hip Hop Nutcracker
Mix it up this year with a new take on the holiday classic!

Hip Hop Nutcracker
premieres in the Bay Area on Dec 16 at the Fox Theatre in Redwood City, produced as part of Peninsula Ballet Theater’s 50th Anniversary celebration events.  The new production features 17 hip hop artists from The Tribe and Poise’n, joined by dancers from Peninsula Ballet Theatre.

This new take on the holiday classic plays homage to both the tradition of Nutcracker and future of dance.  The story begins as all Nutcrackers do:  Clara and her friends enjoy a holiday party in Clara’s Victorian home.  There is dancing and games as the children rejoice in their special gifts, for Clara a prized wooden Nutcracker.  After the party ends and all good children are asleep in their beds, Clara’s dream takes her into the distant future.  She still dreams of a wizard, toy soldiers and mice, characters from all over the globe and a Sugar Plum Fairy like no other.  But instead of Candy Land they are in modern Hip Hop Land dancing like no one back home.

Tchaikovsky music still reigns supreme with several new twists and reimagining’s brought to life by choreographers Ale Martinez and Issac ‘Stuck’ Sanders.  Co-Founders and directors of The Tribe and Poise’n both Martinez and Sanders have a rich dance and hip hop history.


A Holiday Mashup
: The Nutcracker is an undeniable holiday classic. But choreographers Ale Martinez and Issac ‘Stuck’ Sanders recognize that not everyone digs ballet. Their solution? Mix the iconic pieces of the story and Tchaikovsky’s score (with some added twists) to explosive hip-hop dance. The performance is part of the Peninsula Ballet Theatre’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

The Performers
: A cast of 17 all-star hip-hop artists from The Tribe and Poise’n join Peninsula Ballet Theatre dancers to transport the score and story with a contemporary flavor. Sanders and Martinez, dance partners who met at the Academy of Villains, incorporate their dance and hip-hop backgrounds into the performance, fusing love, holiday spirit, community, and even a little magic. Sanders born and raised in Sacramento earned his reputation as a developer of Turf Dancing during numerous Battle Dances.  Martinez, a Bay Area native, has traveled the globe teaching dance and has appeared in Americas Got Talent Season 7 and was crowned “Fake Off Champions” with her dance crew in the show Fake Off.

The Story
: Clara receives a prized wooden nutcracker during a holiday party at her Victorian home. Once she falls asleep, her dream takes into a world with wizards, toy soldiers, mice, and a sugar plum fairy. But instead of Candy Land, Clara finds herself in a modern hip-hop land dancing with characters who don’t look or dance the way they do back home!

http://www.peninsulaballet. org/hip-hop-nutcracker

$20 + fees
General Admission

***suitable for all ages!****