The Theater at the Children's Creativity Museum San Francisco, CA
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The Jewish Nutcracker
Though the beloved Nutcracker scored by Tchaikovsky has long been an annual Christmas tradition, choreographer Katy Alaniz Rous imagined a Jewish interpretation with characters right out of the story of Hanukkah.
Taking place in modern-day San Francisco, it opens on a fourteen-year-old girl who couldn't be less interested in helping her mother prepare for their Hanukkah party. As the guests arrive, Miriam's attitude starts to change. She is introduced to Judah, a young man that catches her attention. She also meets the Sufganiyot Fairy, a beautiful woman who catches attention and represents a feminine mystique that Miriam wishes to attain.
During the party, Miriam learns the story of the Maccabees winning their religious and cultural freedom from their Greek oppressors. After the last guest leaves, she falls asleep on the living room floor where she finds herself transported back to the time of the Maccabees and the historical Judah. The Hanukkah story unfolds as a ballet of authentic cultural dance.
After the Maccabees win the battle, Miriam sees the war-ravaged Temple rebuilt and rededicated, celebrated by a medley of dances from around the world including kathak, belly dance, flamenco, and others. She is surrounded by other Jews who have struggled for religious freedom in their countries of origin. Her journey into history, cultural discovery, and fantasy allows her to appreciate and understand the importance of tradition and the religious freedom that came from defeating the Greek army.
San Francisco is the ideal city for this fresh interpretation that explores diaspora and celebrates tradition. Families, friends, and all are welcome to enjoy the warmth of good company, the beauty of dance, and a story of love amidst the struggle to embrace cultural traditions, while retaining diversity.
Miriam's Mother: Anandha Ray Matthias / Matthisyahu: James Duggan
The show runs for approximately one and a half hours and includes one intermission. Five shows to choose from: Friday, December 6th at 2:00pm Friday, December 6th at 6:30pm Saturday, December 7th at 2:00pm Saturday, December 7th at 6:30pm Sunday, December 8th at 2:00pm with an after-party to follow
The Theater at the Children's Creativity Museum
221 Fourth Street
San Francisco, CA 94103