The “Nutcracker” is reinvented with hip hop

Tonight premieres in the Center of Fine Arts this new version of the classic Christmas

With a cast of more than 120 dancers, tonight premiered the first edition of the hip hop dance and urban dance show “Hip Hop Nutcracker” at the Antonio Paoli Festivals Hall of the Fine Arts Center (CBA) in San Juan. Under the direction of Waldo González.

The presentation, which was divided into two acts with an intermediate, was in charge of a group of students (mostly children and pre-adolescents) of the School for the Performing Arts, founded by González in 1995.

This new version of The Nutcracker story fits modern times and adopts a new style that sets it apart from The Traditional Nutcracker.

“Hip Hop Nutcracker” presents the story of The Nutcracker with rhythms, choreographies and urban lyrics.

The modest production, presented in a colorful stage that alternated its visual elements as the story required.

A huge Christmas tree in the middle of the stage surrounded by several simulated structures were the constant in the vast majority of scenes.

“Hip Hop Nutcracker” served as a platform for many of the School for the Performing Arts students to demonstrate their skills and abilities as dancers in urban music.

The message of unity and brotherhood of the classic version of The Nutcracker remained intact in “Hip Hop Nutcracker”. The main difference was that this version was nuanced with urban rhythms, including of course hip hop.

The director Waldo González tried with this piece to carry a union equipment through the rhythm that most appeals at the moment to the youth. Lady Liquid was the DJ responsible for the musical part.

“Hip Hop Nutcracker” starred Larimar Cuevas (“Clara”), Etienne Lima (“Fritz”) and Emilio Villalobos as “the Nutcracker”.

In the story, “Clara” and “Fritz” live with their uncles in New York on the Upper West Side. His uncles decide to have a Christmas party and invite several neighbors of different nationalities. In addition he is invited the godfather of “Clara Drosser Meyer” (Adniel Vélez), who with his assistant and nephew come to the party with a very special gift for “Clara”. “Fritz” with the invited children begins to animate the party making adults break all their prejudices and inhibitions by race and creed. At the end of the party “Clara” and “Fritz” fall asleep near the Christmas tree.