In Keshet Dance Company’s 20th Annual Nutcracker on the Rocks, traditional meets contemporary for an exciting and magical holiday event. Opening with Tchaikovsky's Overture and closing with his dramatic Pas de Deux, the classic tale is re-imagined with a production filled with rock and roll hits by the Velvet Underground, Aretha Franklin, The Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin and many more. Modern dance styles infused with Swing, Hip Hop, African dance propel the performers as they amp up the energy and excitement. Presented at the Keshet Center for the Arts, Shira Greenberg’s Nutcracker on the Rocks will run its final season including new surprises for long-time audience members and fun for the entire family!
“What has been Keshet’s signature production for 20 years will now come to a close making room for new productions, new programming and new adventures,” Keshet’s Founder and Artistic Director, Shira Greenberg said.
This final run of Shira Greenberg’s Nutcracker on the Rocks, will include dancers and participants from the past two decades of the production making cameo appearances and bidding farewell to the award-winning, internationally acclaimed production. Nutcracker on the Rocks was created in Albuquerque 20 years ago and combines professional dancers with community dancers of all ages and abilities with many dancers performing from their wheelchairs along-side their able-bodied peers. 2016 also marks the fourth year in which the show is being produced in Helena, Montana through Cohesion Dance Project, which secured the rights to Shira Greenberg’s trademarked re-creation of the holiday classic in 2013 and has been performing it annually over Thanksgiving weekend at the Helena Civic Center, using Keshet current staff and alumni as principal cast members and rehearsal directors. Artistic Director of Cohesion Dance Project, Tanya Call, is a former Keshet company member who performed in the Albuquerque production for five years. Call says “Nutcracker on the Rocks is a fabulous way to bring the dance community together, and a true picture of the scope and power that dance can have in transforming lives through movement and collaboration.” Greenberg created Nutcracker on the Rocks twenty years ago with 13 dancers. “My vision was to create a modern classic out of the traditional gem. I chose rock and roll music and incorporated a range of dance styles to infuse the production with a fresh, high-energy feeling that would be engaging for audiences of all ages,” says Greenberg. Today, the acclaimed production is made up of over 130 dancers and is enjoyed by over 5,000 people each year.