Nut/Cracked was conceived in 2003 as a holiday in a fluid dance world where dance genres collide and jostle each other with a genial clamor in celebration of the winter holidays. Co-commissioned by Dance Theater Workshop in New York City and The Carlo Felice Opera House in Genoa, Italy, 2021 marked Nut/Cracked’s 19th consecutive season.
The production has toured throughout the United States and to various destinations in Europe. Choreographer David Parker liberates The Nutcracker from its plot and tradition and seeks for it a new identity as a free-wheeling, genre-fluid vaudeville which breaks apart elements of the holiday season: surprise, anticipation, greed, community, generosity, and delight in a series of dances drawing from tap, ballet, modern and post-modern dance, disco and social forms and pure invention.
“Mr. Parker’s piece is not only immensely entertaining but also intensely musical and witty, melding tap, disco, ballet and contemporary dance over 22 scenes that combine fantasy and silliness to marvelous effect.”
- New York Times, Roslyn Sulcas.