The Bang Group's Nut/Cracked
Its The Nutcracker, but definitely not as we know it. The Bang Group has taken every little girls favorite Christmas show and torn it limb from limb. Mixing Tchaikovskys original score with music by Duke Ellington, Glen Miller and others, the company turns the sugar coated ballet into a percussive piece of dance theatre. Expect tap dancing, singing and some unusual pointe shoe activity. Nothing is sacred as Nutcracked twists and melds various dance traditions into an ode to American eclecticism which honors the power of the human urge to dance while riding Tchaikovskys voluptuous waves of rhythm.
The Bang Group's mission, based on choreographer David Parker's vision of diverse dance forms united by a common purpose, is to facillitate the creation and performance of Parker's work and to promote, mentor and present the work of artists who embody this vision. Standards of craftsmanship, creative liberty and aesthetic diversity are present in the rehearsal and mentoring process, in the curation of the company's performances and those presented by The Bang Group at venues throughout the U.S. and Europe.
TBG has toured to 13 countries and 23 states, many of TBG's works have achieved international acclaim including his notorious velcro duet, Slapstuck (2002 Bessie Award for Design),Nut/Cracked which has been touring for the past 10 seasons, and ShowDown a danced version of Annie Get Your Gun. TBG has been presented in 10 seasons by Dance Theater Workshop and New York Lives Arts, 2 by Danspace Project and several by DanceNow/NYC and Symphony Space. Parker is a 2013 Guggenheim fellow and has been honored with a MOVE Award from DTW, an ART + Action Award from Gibney Dance Center, and choreographic awards from the International Competition for Choreographers in The Netherlands, the Kurt Jooss Awards in Germany, and the Monte Carlo Danse Forum in Monaco. The company has received support from NYFA (Build Grant), Jerome Robbins Foundation, Frederick Loewe Foundation, Greenwall Foundation, Arts International, Pentacle's ARC Grant, Netherland-America Foundation, Mid Atlantic Arts Fund, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, 2wice Foundation and individuals. TBG is the dance company in residence at NYC's West End Theater where it presents a thrice-yearly choreographic series called Soaking W.E.T.
The Bang Group, a rhythm based, theatrical dance company based in New York City, incorporated as a non profit in 1995. TBG has been presented in NYC by Danspace Project, Dance Theater Workshop, New York Live Arts, Symphony Space, and DanceNow/NYC at Joes Pub at the Public Theater. Through The Bang Group's 13 year relationship with Summer Stages Dance in Concord, MA. it also enjoys a sustained presence in Boston through performances on First Night Boston, at The Out On The Edge Festival at the Boston Center for the Arts and through extensive teaching and mentoring of Boston area dancers and choreographers.
The Bang Group has enjoyed significant domestic touring including engagements and/or commissions from Philadelphia Dance Affiliates, University of Maryland at College Park, Sushi in San Diego, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Wortham Center in Houston, Northwestern University in Evanston, American Dance Festival, The Yard on Marthas Vineyard, Portland, Maine Performing Arts, Actors Theater of Louisville, Jacobs Pillow Inside/Out, Fire Island Dance Festival, Provincetown Playhouse and several others. The Bang Group has appeared in 23 of the United States. In addition, the company has appeared regularly in Montreal at Studio 303, Tangente, CINARS Festival and Divers Cite.
European touring highlights include The Holland Dance Festival, Tanzsprache Vienna, Dance Week Zagreb, Belluard Bollwerk Switzerland, Invito Alla Danza in Rome, Charleroi Danses Biennale in Belgium, Fondation Cartier in Paris, Konfrontace in Prague, Divdelna Nitra in Slovakia, Folkswang in Essen, Germany, Monaco Danse Forum, OT 301 in Amsterdam, Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
The Bang Group has been funded by The Jerome Robbins Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts Build Grant, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Greenwall Foundation, Pentacles ARC Fund, Mid Atlantic Arts Fund, Netherland America Foundation, Fund for Mutual Understanding, Arts International, 2wice Foundation (2000), Hale Matthews Foundation, Frederick Loewe Foundation, as well as several private donors.
$20 Senior/Child in advance, $25 at the door
$25 Adult advance, $30 at the door
The Dance Hall (View)
7 Walker St.
Kittery , ME 03904