Mon, Aug 19

The Hip Hop Nutcracker Returns to DPAC on November 30, 2019

Tchaikovsky's Score, Hip Hop Dance, NYC Style

The Hip Hop Nutcracker


November 30, 2019



“A truly one-of-a-kind experience,

filled with high-powered choreography

and a very modern storyline.”

–Elle Magazine


“The Hip Hop Nutcracker turns Tchaikovsky on his head,

in the coolest possible way.”



“A crowd-pleasing and uplifting saga

just in time for the holiday season.”




August 19, 2019 (Durham, NC) – A holiday mash-up for the whole family, The Hip Hop Nutcracker is back and better than ever on November 30 at DPAC.


Tickets go on sale Thursday, August 22 at 12:00 PM:

  • Online at
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina - Ticket Center at DPAC: 919.680.2787, 123 Vivian Street, Durham, NC


A holiday mash-up for the whole family, The Hip Hop Nutcracker is back and better than ever. Directed and choreographed by Jennifer Weber The Hip Hop Nutcracker is a contemporary dance spectacle set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music. A unique and joyful event, this evening-length production is performed by a supercharged cast of a dozen all-star dancers, a DJ, a violinist, and MC Kurtis Blow, one of hip hop’s founding fathers, who opens the show with a short set.


Just like the original, in The Hip Hop Nutcracker, Maria-Clara and the Nutcracker Prince go on a dream adventure battling a gang of mice, visiting the land of sweets and learning the lessons of the holiday season. Innovative digital graffiti and visuals transform the landscape of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s beloved story from traditional 19th Century Germany to the vibrant, diverse sights and sounds of contemporary New York City. 


Through this re-mixed and re-imagined version of the classic, the dynamic performers of The Hip Hop Nutcracker take us on a journey that celebrates love, community and the magic of the holiday season.