The Buell Theatre | Denver, Colorado
Unwrap the holiday surprise of Tchaikovsky’s score partnered with hip-hop dance in a New York-style performance! The Hip Hop Nutcracker returns for another run at the Buell Theatre on November 17, 2023. This live performance features a powerhouse cast of a dozen all-star dancers accompanied by a DJ and a violinist. Hailed as one of hip-hop’s founding fathers, MC Kurtis Blow will once again open the show with a short but sizzling set! With choreography and direction from Tony and Olivier Award-nominated Jennifer Weber, this contemporary dance spectacle boasts a reimagined and remixed version of the classic Christmas tale everyone has grown to love. Witness how innovative digital graffiti on stage transforms the traditional 19th-century German setting into a dynamic and modern Brooklyn area. Treat your family to the holiday mash-up and watch the beloved Nutcracker’s story with a funky twist! Reserve everyone’s seats now and buy their tickets before they run out!
“A generous dose of contemporary spirit sure to heat up even the most restless and wintry of souls.” - The New York Times
Clear up your weekend plans, as The Hip Hop Nutcracker will be running at the Buell Theatre from November 17 to November 18, 2023.
Similar to the original story, Maria-Clara and the Nutcracker Prince go on a dream adventure in The Hip Hop Nutcracker, where they battle a pack of mice, travel to the land of sweets, and discover the true meaning of the Christmas season. Typically set in 19th century, this beloved narrative by E.T.A. Hoffmann has an unexpected twist - the world is now replaced with the dynamic sights and noises of modern New York City. In the production, this is masterfully accomplished through the use of innovative digital graffiti and other on-screen visuals.
“The longer the show went on, the more all this modern choreography started to resemble ballet - the two dozen dancers demonstrated the same level of gracefulness, strength, and animated expressions that typify the Nutcracker and make it a joy to watch. The production photos do not do the production justice. The ensemble earned a standing ovation,” Portland Mercury shares in a review.
The full creatives team behind the scenes of The Hip Hop Nutcracker is listed below:
Director and Choreographed - Jennifer Weber
Adaptation - Mike Fitelson Based on “The Nutcracker” by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Lighting Designer - Brandon Stirling Baker
Video Designer - Moe Shahrooz
Original Beats and Remixes - DJ BOO
Associate Director - Ashleigh King
Associate Choreographer and Dance Captain - Randi Freitas
Stylist - Laurien De Munck
Production Supervisor - John Fortunato
Production Manager - Shane Cassidy
Wardrobe Supervisor - Chloe Cadarette
Wardrobe Consultant - Cambria Chichi
Original Costume Design - Whitney Adams
Original Company Associate Director and Choreographer - Taeko Koji
Public Relations - John Tellem, Tellem Grody
PR Marketing - Jennifer Gallagher
Social Media Biz - Chica Media
The Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre is known as the largest auditorium in the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Ranking among the highest-grossing theaters under 5,000 seats, it is famous for holding various productions, musicals, and live entertainment. Watch the Nutcracker come to life in this modern-day retelling, and purchase your tickets now!