Holiday Arts Guide: Dance companies pivot to virtual performance

29November 2020

The Nutcracker is usually leaping across several Twin Cities stages this time of year. Lots of local dance companies did a pivot (or was that a pirouette?) to virtual performances due to the pandemic. Here are a few.

Who Brought the Humbug?

Rhythm Street Movement’s holiday performance returns virtually for a streaming experience at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12. The “Humbug” crew is splitting 50 percent of ticket proceeds with partners like the Cowles Center in Minneapolis, where the show is usually staged. The holiday show features “high-energy music, Broadway-style theatrics, special guests and out-of-this world tap dancing,” according to Rhythm Street Movement’s website. Tickets are $250, $100 and $40; rhythmstreetmovement.com.


In Kinetic Light’s “Descent,” Alice Sheppard, a light-skinned Black woman with a crown of short curly hair, is crawling on her hands with her knees in Laurel Lawson’s footplate. Laurel, a white woman, is arching her back on the ground as she is dragged along the floor. (Photo by MANCC / Chris Cameron)

Kinetic Light is a disability arts ensemble that will present the online premiere of its new work “Descent” at 8 p.m. Dec 3. Performances are available continuously through Dec. 5. Sponsored by Northrop and the Walker Art Center, “dancers perch, swoop and soar on a striking custom-built ramp of curves and peaks,” according to a news release. The performance is an imagining of a queer, interracial love story of mythical figures Venus and Andromeda. The online premiere includes artist conversation. Tickets are $18.50 per household or $10 per student, available at northrop.umn.edu.

The Snow Queen

Ballet Co.Laboratory will premiere a new ballet made for film Dec. 19-20. The virtual ballet, filmed at The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts, will feature Ballet Co.Laboratory’s professional company and more than 70 students from its school. It will also feature “a bit of movie magic” – special effects and behind-the-scenes footage – and a live Q&A with performers after each show. Ticket buyers will receive a special holiday package delivered to their homes filled with bingo cards, themed cookie and drink recipes and other activities. 7 p.m. Dec. 19 and 2 p.m. Dec. 20. Tickets are $40 per household, available at balletcolaboratory.org/season or 651-313-3967. Purchase a virtual link by Dec. 11 to receive the interactive holiday package mailed to your home.

The Hip Hop Nutcracker

“Hip Hop Nutcracker”Live at Dolby Theatre on November 17, 2017 in Los Angeles. The show has been a popular holiday event in recent years at the Ordway. It’s online this year. (Courtesy photo)

The traditional German landscape of the “Nutcracker” is transformed into contemporary New York City as Maria-Clara and the Nutcracker Prince battle gangs of mice in this modern twist on a classic show. “The Hip Hop Nutcracker” has been a holiday favorite at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts for the past several years. This version was recorded live at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and is available on demand through January. $25; hiphopnutcracker.com.

A Mini Nutcracker

If your little ones have trouble sitting through the entirety of “The Nutcracker” Twin Cities Ballet has you covered with their mini versions of “The Nutcracker.” This abridged version is less than an hour. The “Mini-Nutcracker” will be live streamed from the Lakeville Area Arts Center. 6 p.m. Dec. 1; $12 per person; twincitiesballet.org.


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