New Ballet Ensemble Presents 9th Annual Nut ReMix
Beloved holiday performance features ballet, flamenco, Memphis urban dance style jookin', Chinese dance and drums
Memphis, Tenn. (October 30, 2012) – Now in its ninth year, New Ballet Ensemble's Nut ReMix has become a holiday tradition for thousands of Memphians of all ages. A modern-day take on Tchaikovsky's venerable Nutcracker, Nut ReMix features classical ballet, Hip-Hop, and authentic African, Flamenco, and Chinese dance and drums. The show runs at Germantown Performing Arts Center December 7-9, 2012.
In this modern day ballet, performed by more than 120 students, guest artists, and New Ballet Ensemble members, the spirit of the original ballet is energized with a new locale (Beale Street) and contemporary rhythms (Hip Hop, Jookin'). Celebrating the diversity of Memphis, the production features the African dance and drumming of West Guinea, thrilling authentic Flamenco and captivating Chinese dance rooted in the traditions of these cultures. Audiences experience the classical ballet of the Sugar Plum juxtaposed with the raw energy of urban dance that has come to be associated with New Ballet.
"We are very excited to welcome guest artist Eriko Iisaku, who is a beautiful dancer from Japan who has danced with Alvin Ailey and Francesca Harper," says Katie Smythe, founder, CEO and artistic director. "This is also the first year that we will feature authentic drums during the Chinese Divertissement. This show truly gives us the opportunity to celebrate and highlight the incredible diversity in this city and in our professional training school."
Nut ReMix will run Friday and Saturday, December 7 and 8 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, December 9 at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets are on sale at GPAC: $15.00 - $35.00
1801 Exeter Rd Germantown, TN (901) 751-7500
About New Ballet Ensemble
Founded in 2001, New Ballet Ensemble & School is a comprehensive community arts program that reaches into diverse neighborhoods, offering excellence in training and innovative programming while providing access to a cross-cultural environment and a track to higher education. Forty percent of the students in the New Ballet School are from minority groups, and twenty five percent of the Core Program is on scholarship. New Ballet Ensemble artists are multidisciplinary—trained in Flamenco, Ballet, Modern, Hip Hop, African and improvisation. Recognizing that we live in a changing world, we believe that by raising the capacity of our own abilities in various cultural forms of dance, we can raise awareness about what binds us all and what our cultures have in common.