“Nutcracker Rouge” — their annual holiday production, in which McCormick soups up the framework of the popular ballet and “trims the tree” with eclectic musical styles and enough sensuality for 1,000 sprigs of mistletoe. In addition to dance, the production contains circus elements and a changing roster of guest artists. Previews for “Nutcracker Rouge” start Nov. 9, with an opening Nov. 15. The show runs through the entire holiday season and out the other side, closing on Jan. 13. Finally, McCormick may be saving the best for last with the March 29 world-premiere of “Queen of Hearts,” his adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” Given the hallucinatory nature of many of the choreographer’s previous visions, this one would appear to be a match made in a very surreal heaven. “I’m excited to be starting an all-new show,” he said. “I more often go back and rework older stuff. It’s not often I get to start from scratch. There’s a lot you can do with a well-known tale like this. It’s familiar, but the specifics are open to a lot of creative interpretations. It suits the immersive nature of our work well. I’m already working on a new ‘Drink Me’ cocktail tie-in.” “Queen of Hearts” will be on the
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The opening salvo of Company XIV’s season promises to uphold the company’s own high standards.
boards through May 5. As if this all weren’t enough, McCormick is also choreographing the Metropolitan Opera production of Camille Saint-Saenes’ “Samson et Dalila,” directed by Darko Tresnjek, which begins performances on Sept. 24. That, of course, will be work on a
scale he’d never be able to fit into any indie theatre venue, and at a location that is a good deal more posh. But if you think that relieves you of the need to see McCormick’s unfettered, unfiltered visions at his own joint, you’ve got another thing coming. There is no substitute for the aesthetic purity of a
Company XIV production. Their new home is at 383 Troutman St. (at Wyckoff Ave.), in Brooklyn. Take the L Train to Jefferson St. “Ferdinand” tickets are $55 to $79; VIP couch for two is $260. Visit companyxiv.com or call 866-811-4111 to purchase inidvidual or season tickets.
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