From Karen Campbell in the Boston Globe: Twists on tradition - Holiday dance offerings from BalletRox and the Boston Liturgical Dance Ensemble
.... Besides providing fresh alternatives to the traditional “Nutcracker,” the two productions also share a sense of community spirit that touches on the true meaning of Christmas.
More on BalletRox’s ‘Urban Nutcracker’
Just can’t get enough of dancing toy soldiers and waltzing flowers? BalletRox’s “Urban Nutcracker” doesn’t forgo the old chestnut entirely, but in this edgy production, Tchaikovsky’s familiar score often segues into Duke Ellington, and young Clara is a sweet inner-city kid named Clarice.
And more on Boston Liturgical Dance Ensemble’s ‘A Dancer’s Christmas’
.... “A Dancer’s Christmas,” which looks at Christmas from three historical eras, combining reverence with jovial good humor. The first act Nativity is followed by a boisterous celebration of Christmas in medieval times, with a colorful cast of townspeople, a traveling band of entertainers, and lots of children converging on a central square. The third act captures contemporary life with a suite of dances set to familiar carols.