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PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2006 8:20 am 
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From Theodore Bale in the Boston Herald:
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Parker’s ‘Nut’ aims to crack up audiences
He calls it “a comic, subversive neo-vaudeville.” New York choreographer David Parker’s abstraction of the ever-popular Christmas ballet “The Nutcracker” should be familiar enough through its use of excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s popular score. But here it’s arranged by such jazz luminaries as Glenn Miller and Duke Ellington. And while you won’t see Clara shrinking under an expanding Christmas tree in Parker’s “Nut/Cracked,”, you will find some extraordinarily rhythmic dancing and surprising comic moments.

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From Karen Campbell in the Boston Globe:
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A ‘Nutcracker’ with a wild, witty shell
Forget the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Mouse King. The only traditional thread in David Parker & the Bang Group’s warped take on the beloved “Nutcracker” ballet is Tchaikovsky’s music. .... The 65-minute “Nut/Cracked” is a hugely entertaining vaudeville-inspired send-up that is not only funny and clever, but driven by some very substantial choreography and first-rate performances.

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From Theodore Bale in the Boston Herald:
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Parker does a Bang-up job revisiting holiday classic
If there is anyone who can make modern dance entertaining to the average person, including a child, it’s David Parker. His extraordinary “Nut/Cracked,” which opened Saturday night at the Calderwood Pavilion in the Boston Center for the Arts, is likely the most ingenious re-staging of the beloved Christmas ballet made in the past 20 years.

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From Debra Cash in the Boston Phoenix:
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Stand-up choreography
David Parker + the Bang Group

David Parker was born too late for vaudeville, but he’s been making up for lost time. ... Best known for Nut/Cracked ... David Parker & the Bang Group have as their calling card the shtick that pops up just this side of slapstick. The good news is that the laughs come at no one’s expense — except, perhaps, that of outmoded sissy stereotypes.

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From Terry Byrne in the Boston Globe:
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Taking shots at Annie Oakley
The year 2007 is going out with a bang for choreographer David Parker, whose company brings excerpts from his new production, “Annie’s Got a Gun,” to First Night stages on New Year’s Eve.

When “Annie Get Your Gun” is filtered through Parker’s delightfully irreverent lens, the result actually has little to do with sharpshooting. “It’s all about show business and ambition,” says Parker.

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From Karen Campbell in the Boston Globe:
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At Rialto, a sweet finish to a fine meal
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In the 40-minute “ShowDown,” which premiered last month at Joe’s Pub in New York City, Parker choreographs nearly every song from the Irving Berlin musical [“Annie Get Your Gun” ] in one wild, high-energy sweep. Instead of narrative and specific characters, Parker creates a flurry of couplings with a lot of arch gender play, set to recordings from the musical. Women long for men, men flirt with women before cavorting with other men.

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