“Through the isolation of the pandemic and, for me, personally the gift of receiving a new heart, it is time to hope again,” said Kurtis Walker, known professionally as Kurtis Blow, in a release. “And the season of hope is Christmas.”
“The Hip Hop Nutcracker” follows the classic “Nutcracker” story in which Clara and her Prince embark on a dream adventure battling a gang of mice, the Land of Sweets and more. Innovative digital graffiti and visuals will transform E.T.A. Hoffmann’s beloved story from traditional 19th century Germany to the vibrancy and diversity of contemporary New York City.
Directed and choreographed by Jennifer Weber, the production’s all-star dancers from across the country are Ann Slyvia Clark, Anthony “Omen” Cabrera, Bryan Longchamp, Dustin “D-payne” Payne, Ethan Evaro, Gabriel Emphasis, Jackie “JK-47″ Agudo, Jon “Gifted” Jimenez, Lisa “L boogie” Bauford, Liliana Frias, Randi “Rascal” Freitas, Seth “Reaktion” Hillard, and Zuce Morales.
The production also features DJ Boo of New York City and electric violinist Jarvis Benson of New York City.
“It’s incredible for me to meet fans, and their kids, and their kids’ kids who love hip hop music,” Blow said. “It reminds me of how ‘The Nutcracker’ brings people of all ages together, too. I hope everyone makes holiday memories for a lifetime when they come to our show.”
HOW TO GO
What: “The Hip Hop Nutcracker”
Where: Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton
When: Friday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: Call 937-228-3630 or visit daytonlive.org/hip-hop-nutcracker
FYI: Masks are required for patrons 6 and older