November 30 & December 1, 2012
A great way to kick off the holiday season! Expect the brilliantly
unexpected from Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre’s annual
performance of The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. ACDT shocked and
surprised audiences last year with their original version of The
Nutcracker. Though The Nutcracker might be the world’s most famous
ballet, if it is being performed by ACDT you can guarantee it is
something you haven’t seen before. Their version couldn’t be further
from Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet. It is based on the original and much
darker story written in 1816 by German author E.T.A. Hoffmann.
“I always want to go back to the original work” artistic co- director Susan Collard says. “The characters and the story are always so much more interesting.” Take for example the King and Queen of Sausages who surprised and delighted last year’s audience with delightful humor and the party guests wrapped in gorgeous costumes dancing a wild and wonderful polka. And then there is the famous Mouse King and his lovely wife and their three children creating havoc all over the ballet with magical aerialists flying over head creating a surrealism to visually delight all ages.
This year’s performance features special guest artist Roger Henry Pech of Merida, Mexico as well as the ACDT adult company, White Dog Dance Projects International, and the students of New Studio of Dance. With typical ACDT flair, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King will again prove to be a wonderful Christmas story full of adventure, courage and loyalty where love comes alive in a spectacular modern dance experience.
Tickets: Adults $25 • Children, Students & Seniors $20
ALL SEATING IS GENERAL ADMISSION