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Funny Uncle Cabaret & Nut/Cracked

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FUNNY UNCLE CABARET & NUT/CRACKED

at The Dance Complex, Julie Ince Thompson Theatre

536 Massachusetts Avenue

Cambridge, MA 02139


Friday, December 14, 2018 | 8pm

Saturday, December 15, 2018 | 8pm

Sunday, December 16, 2018 | 7pm, FREE BEE Dance Pre-Performance Talk at 6pm


ONLINE PRESALE: $31 Cabaret Seating, $21 General Admission, $13 BDA/Student/Senior/Military
PURCHASES AT THE DOOR: $35 Cabaret Seating, $26 General Admission, $17 BDA/Student/Senior/Military


With Funny Uncle Cabaret & Nut/Cracked, the holidays have never seemed less dysfunctional and more fun:

ACT I

Peter DiMuro/Public Displays of Motion offer selections of the alternative family-inspired alternative Non-Nutcracker, Gumdrops & The Funny Uncle that has toured nationally over the last 15 years, bringing stories and dances about adoptive, LGTBQ+ and all families that don't fit into a Currier and Ives snow scene. At the center of all this is Sienna, a niece waiting in the wings, and in Mexico, to join her family of choice stateside. Public Displays of Motion, an intergenerational and multi-dimensional dance company under Peter DiMuro's direction - and fresh from a year long residency at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum- inhabit this land of sweets and the real world, too. Song stylist Jenny Herzog performs live.

ACT II

Nut/Cracked is David Parker and The Bang Group’s witty, subversive take on The Nutcracker. Both neo-vaudeville and neo-burlesque, Nut/Cracked takes its inspiration from the entire canon of dance: tap riffs mingle freely with ballet steps, disco, contemporary dance and toe-tapping. Wrenching the context from silly to sublime, “Nut/Cracked” features stomping on bubble-wrap, consuming a Chinese take-out noodle en pointe and an ardent grand pas de deux combining thumbsucking and soaring ballet lifts. Parker often pushes the classical until it bleeds into the vulgar and ridiculous, but the work retains a sense of beauty. Nut/Cracked is anchored by Parker’s affection for Tchaikovsky’s score which ranges from versions recorded by Duke Ellington and Glenn Miller to the traditional orchestral suite. Joining the Bang Group on stage will be young pre-professional dancers from the Ballet Arts Centre of Winchester and Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School.

Together, these two acts in two hours will send audiences into the holidays humming a new tune to what we often think of as standard and routine fare.


ABOUT PETER DIMURO/PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF MOTION:

Peter DiMuro/Public Displays of Motion is directed by Peter DiMuro, the Executive Artistic Director of The Dance Complex. The dance/theatre company has performed locally at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Berklee College of Music, The Dance Complex and, as a resident artist company, at The Boston Center for the Arts, and more recently commissioned the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and Boston Landmarks Orchestra, with performances at the museum and the Hatch Shell, respectively. The company made its first appearance at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival this summer. Their work is supported by The Dance Complex, the Next Steps Grant of the Aliad Fund/Boston Foundation.

ABOUT DAVID PARKER AND THE BANG GROUP:

The Bang Group enters its sixteenth year of Nut/Cracked this season. The company performs throughout the US and often in Europe. David, a Bessie (NY dance award) recipient and named a 2013 Guggenheim Fellow, has created over 50 works for Bang Group and companies world-wide. The Bang Group was founded in 1995 by Jeffrey Kazin and David Parker. It is dedicated to Parker's love of rhythmic form and is known for its commitment to craftsmanship, creative liberty and aesthetic diversity. TBG has a second home in Boston developed during 15 seasons in residence at Summer Stages Dance and through long-term partnerships with The Institute for Contemporary Art, Dance Complex and The Theater Offensive. Recently Parker and Kazin have launched DanceNow Boston/NYC a choreographic exchange serving artists in both cities. TBG is also company-in-residence at The Yard on Martha's Vineyard having appeared there for the last 7 seasons and will return in 2018.


BEE Dance Pre-Performance Discussion: Sunday 12/16 6-6:25pm

At 6:00pm at the Sunday evening performance, join choreographers Peter DiMuro and David Parker in a discussion about dance, craft, family, and the holidays.

Part of the BEE dance series, this talk is free and open to the public, with reservations recommended. All “BEE” attendees receive a complimentary refreshment with purchase of a ticket for that evening’s performance.

*You do not need to see the show to come to the BEE, though we do hope you will!

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Online ticket sales end 2 hours prior to the start of the event. Pre-registration is only available online via credit card payment. Tickets may still be purchased at the door, generally for a higher rate, using cash, check, or credit card.

Late seating is at the discretion of the artist and The Dance Complex, and may not be available after the start time of a performance. In general, we advise arriving at least 15 minutes before the show start time. Doors open 45 minutes prior to show, at which time our bar is open in our lobby space. After the show has begun, entry is not guaranteed and refunds are not available. You may receive a refund through Eventbrite up until 24 hours prior to the event.

Our ground-level lobby area and performance space as well as our second floor Julie Ince Thompson Theater are ADA compliant. There is a motorized lift that can bring one person at a time from the ground floor to the second floor where our theater is located should a guest wish to use it. There is no elevator. Accessible seating is available in the first row of our four-row seating area. Steps lead to the other rows of seating. Gender-neutral accessible bathrooms are located on both the ground and second-floor levels of the building.

If you have any further questions or concerns about refunds or ticketing, please contact Kristin Wagner, Front of House Manager, at kristin@dancecomplex.org. If you have any questions or concerns regarding accessibility at The Dance Complex, please contact Kara Fili at kara@dancecomplex.org.


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