The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

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The Owen/Cox Dance Group offers an entertaining and irreverent updating of the Yuletide favorite featuring new interpretations of Tchaikovsky by some of Kansas City’s best jazz players.
Friday Night Family Fun
Friday, November 30, 2012
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Tchaikovsky's immortal music played in the style of AC/DC?

The Sugar Plum Fairy as a cross-dressing burlesque performer?

No, this won't be your mother's Nutcracker.

With their tongues firmly in cheek, members of Kansas City's Owen/Cox Dance Group usher in the holiday season with The Nutcracker and the Mouse King on Friday, November 30, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

E.T.A. Hoffman's Christmas story of a young girl whose wooden nutcracker comes to life to battle the soldiers of the evil Mouse King was published in 1816. In 1892 it became a ballet with music by the great Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. It has since become a Yuletide classic.

The Owen/Cox re-interpretation of this familiar story features both original music and radical rearrangements of Tchaikovsky's score by some of Kansas City's most innovative jazz musicians under the direction of Brad Cox. The choreography is by award-winning Jennifer Owen.

Local artist Peregrine Honig designed the costumes; Mark Southerland's saxophone-inspired "horn sculptures" provide the setting.

During the performance members of the company will analyze the original Tchaikovsky score and choreography and compare it to their new contemporary version. The 40-minute program will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the audience.

Admission is free.