CONNetic Dance's Nutcracker Suite & Spicy
CONNetic Dance's production of The Nutcracker is totally original and unique to Hartford and is returning for a fourth year with performances December 20-22, 2013 at The Aetna Theatre at The Wadsworth Atheneum. And this year again, the Sunday, December 22nd 2pm matinee will be perfect holiday fun with a "Ugly Christmas Sweater Party!" The audience is encouraged to come wearing their own ugly sweaters, live pre-show music carol sing-a-long with a live band, and an appearance by the big guy himself Santa! This year will feature some new twists and turns in the choreography, new characters, and a new backdrop design by artist Nina Salazar!
In 2010 CONNetic Dance debuted their fun “Nutcracker Suite and Spicy” Directed and Choreographed by company Director Carolyn Paine the show is now undoubtedly a Hartford holiday tradition. A totally different kind of Nutcracker featuring the company’s signature style of fusion of athletic dance forms including tap, jazz, and hip hop and seasoned with their signature sense of humor the production. It starts out with an ugly christmas sweater party scene, has break dancing dolls brought by suave Drosselmeyer, an athletic and dizzying "snow ball" snow scene with acrobatic dancing using pearly white exercise balls, and then in Act 2 the audience meets our sexy hip hop Sugar Rum and our signature Florettes-a high kicking waltz of the flowers inspired by the Rockettes. It is all set to a fun compilation of diverse music inspired by Tchaikovsky’s classic score.
The production has a great sense of humor, creative choreography, and is accessible and enjoyable for all. It is a show as truly diverse as the city it hails from with talented professional dancers from varied backgrounds performing diverse choreography from all forms of dance. As one audience member put it, "this production breathed life into a badly beaten deadhorse.”
What the critics had to say:
"If you're not into the classic version of The Nutcracker, this version will tickle your Sugar Plums."- Hartford. com
"Every Nutcracker, one could argue, should have an ugly sweater scene!"-The Hartford Advocate
"The troupe has gained a reputation for being innovative and different, as anyone who's attended their now annual production of "The Nutcracker Suite and Spicy" can attest."-The Hartford Advocate
"Very different and such fun!" -Fox 61
"Talented dancers take you on a visually stunning journey. You are going to LOVE CONNetic Dance!"-Hub Pages
CONNetic Dance is a professional contemporary ballet company based out of Hartford, CT. The company, now in its fifth season, is comprised of a talented ensemble of diverse, exciting, and artistic professional dancers.
CT Scenic says "CONNetic are a company of ballet hipsters bringing a contemporary edge to classical dance."
CONNetic Dance continually creates unique, athletic choreography executed by the technically crisp dancers. They are also known for their inventive and sizzling partnering work. Performances by the company are always fun and audience pleasing.
You may also visit our website at www.conneticdance.com for more information!