Hyde Park School of Dance (HPSD) offers its annual presentation of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, featuring 206 dancers – from four-year-olds to grandparents – supported by more than 100 volunteers. Staged by HPSD Founding Artistic Director August Tye, ballet mistress and choreographer at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the 90-minute production follows Clara, Fritz, and the mysterious Uncle Drosselmeyer from the family holiday party and the midnight battle with the Mouse King and his troops through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets.
This year’s performances contain a new element: a hip hop dance battle to showcase the range of dance genres HPSD offers, as well as send a message of peace – instead of battling with swords, the mouse-soldiers use hip hop as their “weapons.”
The Nutcracker takes place Friday, December 9 at 7:00 pm; Saturday, December 10 at 1:00 and 6:00 pm; and Sunday, December 11 at 2:00 pm at Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th Street in Chicago. WTTW members who purchase one full-price ticket to the Friday 7:00 pm performance or Saturday 6:00 pm performance may purchase a second ticket at half price.
Deeply Rooted Dance Theater kicks off its 20th anniversary season with performances featuring two world premieres. When Men, which explores the idea of abandoning stigmas to strengthen from within, is choreographed by Joshua L. Ishmon, with music by Ananda Giri and Paolo Nutini and text by Charlie Chaplin. Femme, which celebrates the allure, courage, strength and beauty of women, is choreographed by Nicole Clarke-Springer, with music by Nina Simone.
The program also includes a revival of Jagged Ledges, which explores the plight of people living with HIV/AIDS and the soul’s quest for freedom, choreographed by Gary Abbott and Kevin Iega Jeff, with music by Martin Tillman, Tom Bedvik, Jai Utal and Peter Gabriel and text by Staceyann Chin; The March, reflections on American’s Civil Rights era, choreographed by Jeff and Abbott to music by Roberta Flack and Samuel Barber; Bach’d, which reflects the timeless grace, passion, power and rhythmic qualities of Johann Sebastian Bach’s compositions, choreographed by Abbott; Wild is the Wind, choreographed by Jeff to music by Nina Simone; and Heaven, which celebrates joy and humanity, clarity and resolve, choreographed by Jeff and Abbott to original music by Raymond Jones.
Performances on December 3 at 7:30 pm and December 4 at 2:00 pm at the University of Chicago’s Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at 915 E. 60th Street in Chicago. WTTW members may save 15% on full-price tickets, subject to availability.
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