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Be a part of Brooklyn dance history--The Brooklyn Nutcracker Sweet!, a sparkling production updated from the original Nutcracker.
Be a part of Brooklyn dance history--The Brooklyn Nutcracker Sweet!, a sparkling production updated from the original Nutcracker.
106 backers pledged $15,582 to help bring this project to life.

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Be a part of Brooklyn dance history! -- Brooklyn Ballet's The Brooklyn Nutcracker Sweet! is a sparkling, innovative series of dances, updated from the original Nutcracker with Brooklyn cultural and techno style, premiering in downtown Brooklyn on December 9-13, 2015 at The Actors Fund Arts Center. Click here to read more about the show or purchase tickets. 

Brooklyn Ballet Artistic Director Lynn Parkerson saw a unique opportunity to fuse ballet technique with a contemporary perspective by combining the magical Nutcracker story with the celebrated cultural diversity of Brooklyn. Through incorporating street and modern dance; infusing African dance styles; and placing the dancers in a multicultural, intergenerational setting on Flatbush Avenue; The Brooklyn Nutcracker Sweet! reflects the very heart and soul of Brooklyn. 

Marzipans/Marzipettes costumes by YMX Yellowman, photo by Julie Lemberger
Marzipans/Marzipettes costumes by YMX Yellowman, photo by Julie Lemberger

Thirty nine children from Brooklyn Ballet's school program perform alongside our seasoned professional dancers and special guest artists from the Dance Theater of Harlem. The Brooklyn Nutcracker Sweet! features exciting collaborations with artists and designers. In addition to motion sensor tutus created for the Nutcracker snowflakes, we will showcase a new interactive LED touch-sensor tutu designed by fashion techno designer Leila Ligougne and NYC Resistor Nick Vermeer. The production is framed and enhanced with a state-of-the-art set design created by acclaimed visual and conceptual artist Avram Finkelstein

Avram Finkelstein Projection Sketch
Avram Finkelstein Projection Sketch
In addition to the motion sensor tutus and pexel shirt created in 2014 by Olivia Barr, our newly designed LED tutu gives more interactive potential for the dancers. When they connect with the fabric, the tutu lights up. Check out a sketch of the tutu below. We love exploring the intersections between dance and technology!

Sylvia Nolan, resident costume designer at the Metropolitan Opera of NYC, is creating original costumes for the iconic Sugar Plum Fairy danced by Ingrid Silva, her Cavalier Dylan Santos, and Herr Drosselmeyer Mike "Big Mike" Fields. Joining them are dancers Courtney Cochran, James “J-Floats” Fable, Yinet Fernandez, Paunika Jones, Miku Kawamura, Bobby “Anime” Major, Sira Melikian, Sydnie Mosley, Luz Ortiz, Allison Piccone, Kendra Ross, Elisabet Rubio, Christine Sawyer, Maxwell Simoes, Ladell “Mr Ocean” Thomas, and Candace Thompson.

Continuing our mission to provide access to classical ballet to all communities, our youth dancers in The Brooklyn Nutcracker Sweet! include scholarship students and recruits from Elevate, a program bringing free dance classes to under-resourced public schools. All Brooklyn Ballet's student dancers receive an invaluable performance opportunity dancing alongside world-class dancers.

Students from our Youth Ensemble trying on Nutcracker costumes
Students from our Youth Ensemble trying on Nutcracker costumes

What do your donations pay for?

Presenting a multi-disciplinary dance performance is not an inexpensive endeavor, especially an ambitious production pushing technological boundaries, featuring professional dancers and 39 children while still remaining affordable and accessible to a wide audience.

Your donations help us with material and design costs, as well as professional dancer fees. YOUR individual support makes this multi-media experience a reality! 

Expenses Breakdown

$2,000 in Costume/Technical Design 

$3,000 in Costume/Technical Materials

$2,000 in Set Design Materials

$8,000 Professional Dancer Fees

Let's Talk About Rewards

We have a lot of fun and unique rewards to give you in exchange for your generosity. Who doesn't need a new backpack or t-shirt for just $25? 
Brooklyn Ballet t-shirt
Brooklyn Ballet t-shirt
Brooklyn Ballet backpack
Brooklyn Ballet backpack
Check out more of the rewards in the right-hand column above - we're offering a live stream of the dress rehearsal, a Nutcracker grab bag full of candies and treats, an invitation to the opening night performance for free followed by a Brooklyn artisanal dinner with the Nutcracker cast, and much much more!

For more information on The Brooklyn Nutcracker Sweet! or to purchase tickets, visit our website. For tickets to the opening night performance + dinner, select the $150, $250 or $500 reward ---> on this page. 


More about Brooklyn Ballet 

Brooklyn Ballet is a professional not-for-profit dance company dedicated to artistic excellence and education, reflecting Brooklyn’s diverse communities. The company was founded in February 2002 by Artistic Director Lynn Parkerson, the first of its kind in Brooklyn in more than 40 years. Brooklyn Ballet brings a contemporary vision to the treasured art form of ballet, with repertory and programs that revitalize and re-imagine the classical form. Our mission is threefold: artistic excellence, education, and community engagement.

Risks and challenges

This intersection of live performance and technology can be tricky, but with enough rehearsal time, we know the show will run smoothly. Backers - your support will help us work out all the kinks!

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    SUGAR PLUM SELFIE

    We'll email you a backstage selfie of the Sugar Plum Fairy herself!

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    2 ADULT BALLET CLASSES

    Come to our studio and learn all the moves! Perfect for total beginners through advanced students.

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    LIVE STREAMERS

    A special treat for out-of-towners! We'll send you a link to a web stream of our dress rehearsal!

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    BROOKLYN BALLET T-SHIRT

    A cute and sporty Brooklyn Ballet t-shirt. After we meet our goal, we send you a survey, you tell us your size. Easy as that!

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    ONLINE LINK TO FULL SHOW

    Out of town and missed the show? Just want to see it again?

    Select this reward, and we will provide you with a link to download the full Brooklyn Nutcracker Sweet!!

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    BALLET CLASS + T-SHIRT

    Learn all the moves while wearing your Brooklyn Ballet swag! You'll pick up the t-shirt shirt at your first class.

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    CHOREO-INSPO

    Get inspired by choreographer notes and costume sketches created by our brilliant artists and emailed to your inbox.

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    5 ADULT CLASS PACK

    Take five adult classes at our downtown Brooklyn dance studio. Expires after 6 months.

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    HOLIDAY GRAB BAG

    We'll mail you a Brooklyn Ballet backpack containing sweet Nutcracker candies, a ballet holiday card, and a Brooklyn Ballet t-shirt.

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    SUGAR PLUM (ARTISANAL) SOIRÉE

    Free Performance + a special dinner with The Nutcracker Cast on Wed, Dec 9th at 7:30pm.

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    DEDICATED DANCER

    3 months of unlimited Adult classes.

    PLUS Free Performance + Sugar Plum (Artisanal) Soirée on Wed, Dec 9th at 7:30pm.

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    VIP ALL THE WAY

    Beautiful Lois Greenfield dance photograph poster autographed by the full Nutcracker cast.

    Plus, TWO (2) free tickets to the performance on December 9th, followed by Sugar Plum (Artisanal) Soirée.

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    SHOW STOPPER

    YOU, yes YOU will get to appear onstage along with our amazing professional dancers. You'll also receive a special credit in our program.

    Plus, 3 months unlimited adult ballet classes.

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    TUTU POUR VOUS

    Receive a custom-designed LED tutu. Great for Halloween, weddings, or just dancing around at home!

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