Its that time of year; every ballet company and studio across the country is gearing up for the Nutcracker, but in Memphis, TN the New Ballet Ensemble is making a modern day twist on the nutcracker. Hip Hop dancer Charles Riley (Lil Buck) is back in his hometown to perform in the NBE’s “Nut Remix” as the Rat King. According to the school’s Artistic Director, Katie Smythe, the show features authentic African and Chinese dance representing the diverse backgrounds of the students and the diversity in Memphis. If you are in the area, check out the “Nut Remix”, it promises to be more than your typical Nutcracker.
See an interview with Katie Smythe and Charles Riley on My Fox Memphis here: Modern Day Twist on the Nutcracker | MyFoxMemphis | Fox 13 News
You can get more information on the New Ballet Ensemble’s “Nut Remix” on their website: http://www.newballet.org/
Lil Buck has received lots of internet buzz from this performance with Yo-Yo Ma, shot on Spike Jonze’s phone: