The Nutcracker Ballet is a holiday staple that annually sets into sharp relief the passing years and the gradual process by which we grow older. In an intimate dance-theatre staging, this new adaptation of the classic ballet uses Tchaikovsky’s music to depict the life-story of one woman (and dancer) named Clara. First performed in the cavernous Knockdown Center, Clara’s childhood, young adulthood, middle and old age appear simultaneously in a playful yet poignant exploration of coming-of-age-stories bookended by tragic death, of leaving things unsaid, and of loved ones left behind. Traversing synchronously a single lifetime, CLARA NOT CLARA: A NUTCRACKER reinvents a classic narrative for a contemporary audience of all ages, inviting them to experience a dreamlike world in which the breadth of life’s experiences harmoniously coexist.

A public showing of new material for this project will be held as part of LMCC’s Process Space on September 23rd, 2017 from 1:30pm – 2:30 p.m.

Hard at work.

Visit the full show website here, and watch below for highlights of the show!