The holiday season is chock full of performances of The Nutcracker, the classic ballet by Tchaikovsky, throughout December. But Nimbus Dance Works puts its own twist on the piece with Jersey City Nutcracker. As they put it, it’s the classic ballet re-imagined with Jersey City flavor. They will hold ten performances from December 16-20 at the Frank R. Conwell MS4 Auditorium (107 Bright Street) in Jersey City. Tickets range from $6-27.
Jersey City Nutcracker’s unique retelling of this classic tale illustrates two children’s urban holiday adventure filled with fantasy, adversity and celebration with underlying themes of community and friendship. Choreographed and directed by Nimbus Artistic Director Samuel Pott, the adaptation of Tchaikovsky’s renowned holiday ballet is performed by a cast of professional dancers from Nimbus Dance Works who portray familiar characters such as the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Rat King, the Arabian Princess and Drosselmeyer – joined by youth and adults from the community. With colorful life-size sets designed by Jersey City artist, Irene Borngraeber, sumptuous costumes by Jennifer Bentley, and a glittering tree, youth and adults alike will be touched by this tale of holiday spirit. Surprise guests and local celebrities make unforgettable cameo appearances!
The performance schedule is:
Friday, December 18, 7pm
Saturday, December 19, 1pm & 5pm
Sunday, December 20, 1pm
(December 16-17: School Audiences only)
Nimbus Dance Works’s 2015-16 Season is made possible by: The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, New Music USA/Live Music for Dance, Goldman Sachs, SILVERMAN, US Trust/Bank of America, Pharos, the City of Jersey City, St. Mary’s of the Resurrection, Parkwood Development, Dixon Leasing, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, A Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs/Tourism Development, and by the County of Hudson, Thomas A. DeGise, Hudson County Executive, and the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and by generous donors and sponsors.
For more information on Nimbus Dance Works visit www.nimbusdanceworks.org