PRESENTS DUKE ELLINGTON'S
THE NUTCRACKER SUITE
2ND ENCORE PERFORMANCE
Join us for an original theatrical & balletic adaptation to Ellington's recomposition of this treasured holiday classic.
It’s 1943 in Harlem. Claranet is 13. Jim Crow laws, World War II & the Black soldier resentment, economic disparities, social inequalities, and police brutality are the weighted realities for her family living in the boroughs of Manhattan. Family, good food, and dancing are welcomed relief during the holidays.
When Claranet's father makes a surprise Christmas Eve homecoming from the war, he gifts her with a toy Nutcracker and magical things happen. Is it all a dream or does Claranet bravely defeat the Rat King and travel to the land of sweets with the Nutcracker?
Ballet Afrique presents an original theatrical & balletic adaptation to composers Duke Ellington's recomposition of the treasured holiday classic, The Nutcracker.
Special Guest Councilwoman Natasha Harper-Madison appears in the iconic role of Mother Ginger.
For the show at The Carver, you are invited to join us prior to our performance to do your holiday shopping at the Black Makers Market from 2p - 8p.
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