Of Mice and Music, A Jazz Nutcracker
Tapestry Dance Company
December 6th through 16th
Boyd Vance Theater

    Tapestry Dance Company brings back their Austin-tatious rhythm tap and jazz spin on the classic Nutcracker story with Of Mice and Music, A Jazz Nutcracker.  The production dances into the Boyd Vance Theater at the George Carver Museum from December 6h through 16th.
    The new annual Tapestry tradition premiered to rave reviews and standing ovations last season.  The show unites the company's professional dancers with its pre-apprentice youth company Visions in Rhythm and the children, youth and adults who study with its dance academy.
     Tapestry Artistic Director and National Tap Hall of Famer, Acia Gray, takes the "Drosselmeyer" role from the original story to create the Ms. Bon Marche, a dance diva who introduces little Clara to a world of dance by giving her a pair of tap shoes.  Tapestry Dance Company member, Travis Knights (formerly of Tap Dogs,) takes the role of the Mouse King and uses contemporary rhythm tap to lead an army of tapping mice in their battle against The Nutcracker Prince.
    The traditional second act solos - including Spanish, Chinese and Russian - are given a contemporary movement and tap dance twist, along with tap classics such as the infamous "Walk Around" by Tony Award-winning choreographer Charles "Honi" Coles, reworked into a new take on "Snow."
     The show is performed to original music based on Tchaikovsky's well-known melodies and jazz classics.  The musical score was adapted - and will be performed live - by Austin jazz trio Blue J, featuring guitarist Jim Collard, bassist Josh Espinoza, and drummer Jason Flenniken.
      Performances run Tuesday through Saturday at 7 p.m., with matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.  Tickets are $25 for general admission.
    The Boyd Vance Theater is located at 1165 Angelina Street in the Carver Museum and Cultural Center.  For tickets and more information, call (512) 474-9846 or visit www.TheLongCenter.org.
(Photo by Caroline Mowry)
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