E.T.A Hoffmann’s The Nutcracker and The Mouse King as Burlesque Cabaret
December 17, 2010
A ribbon-adorned young girl in toe-shoes, the Sugar Plum Fairy, ballerina snow flakes flurrying about on stage in costume. Those snowflakes elegantly taking off their costumes down to pasties and thongsâ€¦and keep dancing, but with different poses than those seen in traditional balletâ€“ this is not your grandmotherâ€™s Nutcracker! Cabaret Red Lightâ€™s Nutcracker draws on an 1816 short story by German writer E.T.A. Hoffmann called â€śThe Nutcracker and the Mouse King,â€ť one of his many â€śfairy tales for adults.â€ť Weâ€™ll discuss this new production with Philadelphia literature professor PETER GAFFNEY who adapted Hoffmannâ€™s classic story with a different view than the 19th century Alexandre Dumas’ version, paired with the memorable Pyotr Tchaikovsky music most Americans have grown up on. Gaffney has co-written a new score using some of Hoffmannâ€™s original compositions, and sings and narrates the show as Drosselmeyer, the Nutcrackerâ€™s godfather, accompanied by a live band on stage. Original choreography, shadow puppets and kinetic sculptures assist with the narrative. Gaffneyâ€™s co-director and co-founder of Cabaret Red Light, costume designer andÂ dancer ANNA FRANGIOSA, AKA â€śAnnie A-Bomb,â€ť will also join us to explain how sheâ€™s helping to bring burlesque theater back to Philadelphia.