Do you need an alternative during the Holi-daze?
Come see Suchu Dance’s Shchelkunchik this December.
“It’s a wacky yet intelligent re-interpretation which aspires to a certain low-brow appeal. It doesn’t appear to be intended as deep, but the real delight is that sometimes it invades such territory and brings more than a few important choreographic ideas to the table. At 70 intermission-free minutes, it is just right.
Choreographer and Suchu artistic director Jennifer Wood doesn’t take the matter of deconstruction lightly, even if this is a seemingly light-hearted piece. Her goal with Shchelkunchik could be thought of as an attempt to comprehend the legacy of Nutcracker via its associations to a range of perspectives and circumstances.” - Theodore Bale
Back by popular demand, Suchu Dance is pleased to present Shchelkunchik, our popular and hilarious, deconstructed, Postmodern Nutcracker.
Did you know the plot line of the Nutcracker that we all see during the Holidays is only a fraction of the story?
Did you know there is a Mouse Queen with a vendetta?
Did you know that the Nutcracker himself has an unusual backstory?
What’s the significance of not enough fat?
Suchu Dance Director, Jennifer Wood never understood the plot of the popular ballet. “I just didn’t get what was going on. Why is the mouse guy fighting with the nutcracker guy? Well, it turns out we were only getting the very end of the story all this time. In our version, you finally get the full picture of what is going on.”
Based on the original E.T.A. Hoffmann story, "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King" and the Alexander Dumas adaptation, "The Nutcracker,” Suchu Dance’s Shchelkunchik tells it like it is.
Archival dance films, in fact the earliest known films of dance, ranging in years from 1894-1925 were used as movement source material in the choreography of Shchelkunchik.
The original production of the Nutcracker premiered in 1892 in St. Petersburg, Russia with choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with a score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. "Shchelkunchik" is the transliteration of the Russian word for nutcracker (щелкунчик) and the title of the original 1892 production.
With Performing Artists:
Alexandre Farris Soares