Nimbus Dance Works debuts Jersey City Nutcracker as part of Winter Season
Nimbus presents the inaugural performances of a new holiday tradition for Jersey City: Jersey City Nutcracker. Drawing on Nimbus Dance Works’ strong local ties and the company’s mission to integrate top-caliber dance directly into the community, Jersey City Nutcracker features a cast comprised of top professional dancers as well as community members, including youth from dance schools Jersey City Dance Academy, Next Step Broadway and from the Jersey City public schools. Created by a collaborative team of standout local artists, including Nimbus Dance Works Artistic Director Samuel Pott (choreographer), Alysia Souder (librettist/ playwright), Irene Borngraeber (scenic designer), and Allison Duncil (costume designer), the full production will be rolled out over the course of the next two years.
When: December 17th at 7:30pm; December 18th at 7:30pm & December 19th at 6pm
Where: Grace Church Van Vorst, 39 Erie Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302
Tickets: purchase online at www.brownpapertickets.org/event/137495
Nimbus' Jersey City Nutcracker contains elements of the original E.T.A Hoffman folktale and is set to Tchaikovsky’s renowned orchestral score, but presents a newly-configured storyline set in a contemporary urban environment. “We envision that Jersey City Nutcracker will bring people of all ages and all parts of the Jersey City community together around this classic dance. Our version celebrates the traditional elements of Nutcracker – holiday spirit, family values, and childhood fantasy – and simultaneously introduces themes relevant to contemporary youth and families” Pott said.
In addition to selections from Nutcracker, the winter program also features the world premiere of Priyè Ginen (Prayer for Africa) a new duet by company dancer Jean-Paul Jr., and Pott's poignant “Six Chansons,” set to the enthralling music of Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy.