Hip Hop Legend Kurtis Blow Joins Hip Hop Nutcracker at DPAC
Hip Hop Legend Kurtis Blow Joins Hip Hop Nutcracker at DPAC

Special guest MC Kurtis Blow, one of hip hop’s founding fathers, will open The Hip Hop Nutcracker at DPAC on Saturday, November 26. Kurtis Blow will kick off the show 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 now:

  • Online at DPACnc.com
  • The Ticket Center at DPAC: 919.680.2787, 123 Vivian Street, Durham, NC
  • Ticketmaster.com / Ticketmaster Charge by phone at 800.745.3000

The Hip Hop Nutcracker, a contemporary dance spectacle set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music, is a holiday mash-up for the entire family. Directed and choreographed by Jennifer Weber, The Hip Hop Nutcracker is a full-length production performed by a supercharged cast of a dozen all-star dancers, a DJ and a violinist. Through the spells cast by the mysterious Drosselmeyer, Maria-Clara and her prince travel back in time to the moment when her parents first meet in a nightclub. Digital scenery transforms E.T.A. Hoffmann’s beloved story set to the streets of New York. The dance work celebrates love, community and the magic of New Year’s Eve.

The Hip Hop Nutcracker has been called “a truly one-of-a-kind experience, filled with high-powered choreography and a very modern storyline” by ELLE magazine, while CBS-TV raved, “The Hip Hop Nutcracker turns Tchaikovsky on his head, in the coolest possible way.”

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About Jennifer Weber

“Outstanding Emerging Choreographer” New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie) nominee, Jennifer Weber is the artistic director of the award-winning, theatrical hip-hop dance company, Decadancetheatre. Based in Brooklyn, NY, the company has toured across the US, UK, Russia and France, performing at venues including Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, The Apollo Theater, The Kennedy Center, London’s Southbank Center, The Everyman in Liverpool, New York City Center, Bumbershoot in Seattle and The Stanislavsky Music Theatre in Moscow. She has also choreographed for American Express, Uber, Ulta, L’Oreal Matrix, Reebok, Philosophy, Marc Jacobs, CK2 and UK TV show, Blue Peter. Recently she choreographed the US premiere of Bryony Lavery’s Stockholm at Stageworks/Hudson, Trouble: A New Rock Musical at NYMF and was a contributing choreographer to James Brown-Get On the Good Foot for The Apollo Theater/US Tour with director Otis Sallid. Currently, Weber is the creative director for the 2016 tour of Bring it! Live (Lifetime). Weber and The Deca Crew were featured on Season 2 of TruTV’s theatrical competition series Fake Off.

About Kurtis Blow

A hip-hop legend, Kurtis Blow was 20 in 1979, when he became the first rapper to be signed by a major label. Mercury released “Christmas Rappin’,” and it sold more than 400,000 copies, becoming an annual classic. Its gold follow-up, The Breaks, helped ignite an international “Rap Attack.” He released 10 albums in over 11 years: his full-length debut, Kurtis Blow; his second, Deuce, a Top 50 Pop album and a big hit across Europe; Party Time featuring a pioneering fusion of rap and gogo; and Ego Trip, including the hits “8 Million Stories,” “AJ” and “Basketball.” In 1985 he released America, featuring “If I Ruled the World,” a Top 5 hit on Billboard’s R&B chart; Columbia/Sony recording artist Nas debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Pop Album chart with a cover of the song in 1997. For more information, visit KurtisBlow.com.

About DPAC

Since its opening in 2008, DPAC has become the center for live entertainment in North Carolina. Recognized for its contemporary design, DPAC features 2,700 seats, intimate sightlines and state-of-the art sound and video. Listed five times in the top 10 in Pollstar magazine’s annual worldwide theater attendance rankings, DPAC is currently the #3 ranked theater in the U.S.

With a mission of presenting one-of a-kind live entertainment events, DPAC truly has “something for everyone”, hosting over 200 performances a year including spectacular touring Broadway productions, high-profile concert and comedy events, family shows and the heralded American Dance Festival. Owned by the City of Durham and operated under the direction of Nederlander and Professional Facilities Management (PFM), DPAC has been listed for six consecutive years as the #1 performing arts organization in the region by the Triangle Business Journal.

What is up next at DPAC? Grammy® Award winning recording artist ANTHONY HAMILTON with special guests LALAH HATHAWAY and ERIC BENET (October 6), the Rock show of the year 3 DOORS DOWN (October 7,) and an evening of Yes music with ARW (October 9).

For more information please go to www.DPACnc.com.


Photo Credits: United Palace of Cultural Arts