Cohesion Dance Project presents Helena’s eighth Shira Greenberg’s Nutcracker on the Rocks, Saturday, Nov. 26, and Sunday, Nov. 27, at the Helena Civic Center. Featuring the music of James Brown, Aretha Franklin, The Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin and more, this community based, rock-n-roll rendition of the holiday classic showcases a unique and energetic fusion of dancers and dance styles, along with a roaring Harley Davidson on stage!
Leading audiences on a thrilling journey through the decades, Nutcracker on the Rocks artistically blends community dancers with visiting guest artists in creative partnerships and energetic collaborations, seamlessly weaving people of all ages and abilities, including those with disabilities, into the fabric of the choreography.
Nutcracker on the Rocks originated in Albuquerque, NM, and was performed there for 20 years. Helena now holds the prestigious honor of being the only location where this innovative production is staged.
With new set pieces and choreographic shifts, the 2022 cast includes over 50 community dancers, ages 7 to adult, performing alongside professional visiting artists from across the country. Local leads include Julynn Wildman as Madam Drosselmeier and Kristine Fife as Marie’s mom.
Visiting artists are Sarah Dassinger of Great Falls, Mikal (Fife) Monn of Rexburg, Idaho (originally from Helena), and NYC-based Luciano Castaldo.
Show times are 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27. Tickets are $15-$35 with group and student rates available; buy them through the Helena Civic Center box office at 406-447-8481 or online at www.helenaciviccenter.com.