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92Y presents The Bang Group’s "Nut/Cracked"

92Y presents The Bang Group’s "Nut/Cracked"


The Bang Group / David Parker


Kauffman Concert Hall
1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10128


Saturday, December 16, 2023 - 2:00pm, 7:00pm
Sunday, December 17, 2023 - 12:00pm



The Bang Group / David Parker

The Bang Group’s Nut/Cracked

Sat, Dec 16 2 & 7 pm ET In-Person

Sun, Dec 17 12 pm ET Online

The Bang Group’s Nut/Cracked provides a destination for those seeking shelter from the usual holiday dance fare.

Choreographer David Parker, has gleefully cracked the old chestnut open, roasted it with tap riffs, vaudeville turns, ballet steps, disco, contemporary dance, toe-tapping and rebuilt it into a seasonal fixture for 21st century New York City — a tonic for cheerful grinches and latter-day snow angels. With genre-nonconforming glee, Parker and The Bang Group purge the show of the saccharine and shake loose its tinsel. In fact, the only traditional thread is Tchaikovsky’s music but that too takes a turn off center as portions of the original score are juxtaposed with arrangements by Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller and Fred Waring and The Pennsylvanians.

Bearing the mantle of the 92nd Street Y’s historic embrace of the passionately non-traditional, Nut/Cracked is as ardent and virtuosic as it is disruptive. Its rhythmic component is vigorous with a stomp-off on bubble wrap, tap dances on pointe, barefoot hoofing, and a “Waltz of the Snowflakes” featuring precision body slams in 3/4 time. Yet the show retains a sense of beauty even in the ridiculous and has an absurd romanticism that soars far beyond satire. Once liberated from both its narrative tethers and its conventional trappings, Nut/Cracked shows us innocence regained.

Dance performance available for viewing online 72 hours from time of broadcast.

Online tickets $20 before Dec 17 / $25 after.

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