BROOKLYN - The Brooklyn Ballet is taking a different approach to the holiday classic, "The Nutcracker."
It has created New York's only culturally accurate and inclusive nutcracker production in the city.
It's a re-imagined holiday classic, the Brooklyn Nutcracker. It fuses ballet, hip hop, Chinese red silk dancers and many other dance genres to represent the diverse traditions of Brooklyn.
For Audrey, this performance means so much to her.
“I get to dance with people who look like me, I get to represent the city and just see what I always wanted to see on stage which is beautiful black ballerinas.”
Lynn Parkerson knows what it takes to make this a success.
“This is about making people laugh, cry or get goosebumps this is the goosebumps part.” She's the woman who brought this one of a kind Nutcracker to life,
“There are so many basic Nutcrackers, so I thought what can we do to really say something about Brooklyn and the times we live in.”
The show has been such a success it's now in its fourth year of production, each year adding some new elements meant to wow the audience.
While many productions have shut down for the season, the Brooklyn Ballet has found a way to hold its culturally accurate and inclusive “Nutcracker” production in the city.
This year, performed in the company’s studio, enchanting windows will give way to the beloved scenes that mark the holiday season with hope.
The Brooklyn Ballet will be hosting small performances of “The Nutcracker,” highlighting solos and small socially distanced groups of dancers recreating the dances that are the hallmark of the season.