‘Nutcracker Rouge,’ at the Minetta Lane Theater

December 6th, 2013

There is a legislation, apparently, that in December absolutely everyone have to see a production that has the term “Nutcracker” in the title. In any other case why would there be so a lot of of them?

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Properly, there’s excellent information at the Minetta Lane Theater for these who simply cannot stand to sit through the previous ballet yet once again but really do not want to go to jail for not satisfying their nutcrackerly accountability. It is referred to as “Nutcracker Rouge,” and if the simple aged “Nutcracker” leads to you to zone out, this 1 will certainly wake you up.

The present, from Austin McCormick’s Organization XIV and the presenting business Saint at Massive, is a type of seasonal killer-B’s confection: ballet, baroque and burlesque. The eye-popping manufacturing is “The Nutcracker” as it may possibly exist in yet another, decadent dimension. There’s candy, but not the variety you purchase at a sweets store. No gingerbread here possibly pasties, not pastries. Although the common “Nutcracker” tunes turns up, so does “Material Lady,” the Madonna song. Madonna, Christmas — in the skewed entire world of “Nutcracker Rouge,” it tends to make a specific amount of sense.

Laura Careless is Marie Claire, and the scant story chronicles her education and learning, or her defiling, based on your position of check out. Mr. Drosselmeyer (Jeff Takacs) serves as a gnarly ringmaster, while Mrs. Drosselmeyer (Shelly Watson) is a buxom cabaret singer who propels factors alongside with an desirable voice and occasional forays into the viewers.

This “Nutcracker” adopts a steamy tone appropriate from the start off, the stage bathed in purple as the viewers enters, a haze hanging in the air. Zane Pihlstrom, who made the sets and costumes, and Jeanette Yew, the lights designer, want you to feel as if you’re in a club when you ought to be in church — guilt merged with anticipation. They do well.

The display seems at occasions like an grown ups-only Cirque du Soleil extravaganza, with trapeze acts and other athletic displays. Early on, Courtney Giannone delivers a gravity-defying program making use of a massive hoop with showstopping panache. But Mr. McCormick, who directed and choreographed the display, has a lot grander ambitions than a “Nutcracker” underneath the massive prime or a bawdy parody. The forged is total of classically educated dancers, and when he turns them free, the end result can be dazzling.

That is specially real of a concluding sequence by Marie, who at this point has lost most of her outfits, and her prince (Alexander Hille), an exhilarating pas de deux that finishes the operate with a declaration. “Yes,” it appears to say, “this present was raucous and risqu?, but it was also, in its way, art. So consider that, New York Metropolis Ballet.”

“Nutcracker Rouge” continues through Jan. five at the Minetta Lane Theater, 18 Minetta Lane, Greenwich Village 800-745-3000,

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