Mixing Tchaikovsky’s original score with music by Duke Ellington, Glen Miller and others, NUT/CRACKED turns the sugar-coated ballet into a percussive piece of dance theatre. Bubble wrap, jazz standards, and takeout Chinese noodles get stir-fried with plain old lovely dancing in this sweet but subversive riff.
The Bang Group is a rhythm-based, theatrical dance troupe serving choreographer David Parker's fascination with the rhythmic potential of the dancing body. Working its alchemy on American popular and contemporary forms, The Bang Group brings forth a repertory of joyful, smart, funny dances which resonate with the rich traditions of percussive dance, vaudeville, silent film comedy, movie musicals and classical ballet.
"Choreographer David Parker has rhythm in his bones and his heart on his sleeve. He crafts ingenious sendups of theatrical classics that are both laced with irony and revel in the traditions that made them. Above all, his dances are full of love: of the body’s capacity for movement, including funny movement, and people’s capacity to make a bungle of things, and then to forgive." - Boston Globe
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