About this project
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.
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.
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.
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!
$2,000 in Set Design Materials
$8,000 Professional Dancer Fees
Let's Talk About Rewards
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.
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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!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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