Expect the brilliantly unexpected as Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre (ACDT) presents its 10th annual rendition of The Nutcracker and the Mouse King December 3 and 4. While most people are familiar with Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, ACDT returns to the original story written by E.T.A. Hoffman in 1816. “The reason we love the original version of the Nutcracker and the Mouse King is because the story tells of adventure and devotion and strength with a female heroine who is loyal and fearless,” says ACDT Co-Director Giles Collard.
The Nutcracker and the Mouse King delights and entertains all ages, featuring local aerial artists, giant puppets, and stunning sets and costumes. Performances will include children as well as seasoned, professional dancers executing innovative and original choreography. “The touches of humor make this dark story fun and exciting,” adds ACDT Founder and Co-Director Susan Collard.
This year’s performance features the ACDT adult company, White Dog ProjectX International, and the students of New Studio of Dance. With typical ACDT flair, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King will again prove to be a wonderful seasonal story full of adventure, courage, and loyalty where love comes alive in a spectacular modern dance experience.