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Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Nutcracker’ gets a Modern, Jewish Twist [VIDEO]

San Francisco dance company adds a Jewish modern spin on a Christmas classic

By: Sarah Bauder
Published: January 1st, 2013 in Culture » Stage » News

Tchaikovsky’s ‘Nutcracker’ has become a Christmas tradition for families around the world, but this holiday season a dance company in San Francisco has decided to add a modern, Jewish twist.

Set in San Francisco, the ‘Jewish Nutcracker’ follows a girl named Miriam who is more interested in her friends and cell phones than her family Chanukah party. In this modern reworking, Miriam has a dream in which she witnesses the battle fought by Judas Maccabee and the reconstruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem.

Katy Alaniz Rous, the show’s Artistic Director, explains that she was inspired to create the ‘Jewish Nutcracker’ three years back, while reading a Chanukah storybook to her son, Amitai.

“The story itself is a Jewish story, the story of the rebellion of the Maccabees overthrowing the Syrian-Greek Army because of their soul, because of their passion and because of their dedication. Not because they were a trained army,” Rous says.

“I think that’s a really important message to give to our kids – that you can stand up for what you believe in and you can succeed.”

About a third of the dancers in the ‘Jewish Nutcracker’ are Jewish themselves, including Rous and her son.

Fore more information, visit www.jewishnutcracker.com
Related articles: Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker, Jewish, Chanukah, Christmas, Holidays, Ballet, Dance, San Francisco
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