An Alternative Adaptation of The Nutcracker, set in the East Village, inspired by true stories. Conceived and directed by Martha Tornay, Artistic Director. East Village Dance Project with choreography and direction by Dante Brown, Victoria Roberts-Wierzbowski, Martha Tornay, Hilary McDaniel-Douglas, Naomi Goldberg-Haas in collaboration with the performers
Performed by 25 youth performers (age 4-19) from East Village Dance Project, and a group of professional performers, including Dante Brown|Warehouse Dance, Project in Motion, and a host of East Village luminaries and guest artists. Music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Clare Farris, Duke Ellington, Steve Wonder, David Lowery, The Ramones and more… Set by Donald Eastman Lighting: Juan Merchan Sound design: Tim Schellenbaum Costumes: The company In association with by GOH Productions – Bonnie Sue Stein. The premiere is very loosely based on E.T. Hoffman's Nutcracker, set in the East Village, with the urban theme of Post traumatic stress and the joy of being alive. Two main characters: — A War Vet and an elementary school student –travel the familiar streets and locations in the Tompkins Square Park area and meet characters of all sorts.