Mon, Aug 27

The Hip Hop Nutcracker With Special Guest MC Kurtis Blow Returns To DPAC on December 20, 2018

                                  Tchaikovsky’s Score, Hip Hop Dance, NYC Style


With Special Guest MC Kurtis Blow


December 20, 2018

    “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 27, 2018 (Durham, NC) - A holiday mash-up for the entire family, The Hip Hop Nutcracker, a contemporary re-imagination of Tchaikovsky’s timeless music, is set to return to DPAC on December 20, 2018.

Special guest MC Kurtis Blow, one of hip hop’s founding fathers, will open The Hip Hop Nutcracker in several cities including DPAC on December 20, 2018.  Kurtis will start with a short set before rapping the introduction to the show.  A timeless artist and hip hop legend, he blazed the trail for early Hip-Hop artists, and continues to carry the torch for Hip-Hop music into new arenas. Don’t miss the opportunity to see him in this contemporary re-imagining of Tchaikovsky’s timeless music.

Tickets are on sale Friday September 7 at NOON:

  • Online at
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Ticket Center at DPAC: 919.680.2787, 123 Vivian Street, Durham, NC
  • / Ticketmaster Charge by phone at 800.745.3000

“We’re so thrilled that The Hip Hop Nutcracker will be returning to DPAC this holiday season,” said Candice Terrell, Assistant Director of Marketing – Concerts & Comedy at DPAC. “It’s truly amazing to see the tradition of The Nutcracker mixed with a modern twist with the hip hop choreography. I think this show is fast becoming one of the Triangle’s must-see holiday shows.”

The Hip Hop Nutcracker is an evening-length production performed by a supercharged cast of a dozen all-star dancers, DJ and violinist. Through the spells cast by the mysterious Drosselmeyer, Maria-Clara and her prince, Myron, travel back in time to the moment when her parents first meet in a nightclub. Digital scenery transforms E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story of a palace of sugarplums into a romance set in 1980s Brooklyn. The dance work celebrates love, community and the magic of New Year’s Eve.

The Hip Hop Nutcracker is directed and choreographed by Jennifer Weber, artistic director of the all-female hip-hop crew Decadancetheatre in Brooklyn. It is adapted to today’s New York by Mike Fitelson, executive director of UPCA – the work’s original producer – and includes hip-hop interludes remixed and reimagined by DJ Boo and an on-stage electric violinist. The tour is produced by NJPAC.

Members of the creative team include Taeko Koji (Associate Director/Choreographer), Andrew Diaz (set), Whitney Anne Adams (costumes), Burke Wilmore (lighting) and Moe Shahrooz (video design).