PRESENTS DUKE ELLINGTON'S
THE NUTCRACKER SUITE
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2022
Join us at the historical Paramount Theatre for an evening of 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, Austin’s first all-Black en pointe dance company, is excited to present Duke Ellington’s: The Nutcracker Suite in a 7 p.m. performance on Thurs, December 15th at The Paramount Theatre.The production, which is set in Harlem during the Harlem Renaissance period of the 1920s and 30s, promises to be a grand spectacle of opulence and a positively joyous treat for the entire family.The young dancers will take patrons on a journey of resilience as the talented ballerinas of Ballet Afrique tell the story of Claranette’s family’s resilience, triumphs, and magic through the Great Depression and amid Jim Crow, all set to the score of Duke Ellington.
DR. NICOLE CROSS AS MOTHER GINGER
Dr. Nicole Cross is a proud anchor, reporter, and host of In Focus Texas for Spectrum News 1 Texas. She feels honored to work for an organization that values credibility, ‘getting it right’, and has a dedication to creating diverse coverage and giving everyone a voice on the issues that matter most to them.Personally, Nicole is inspired by her deep love for people and their unique experiences, She simply likes talking to people and telling their stories.
SPECIAL GUEST DANCER JAMAL CHARLES
Jamaal Charles is a former American football running back. He played college football for the University of Texas, where he won the 2006 Rose Bowl, and was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft