This show will have you in awe from start to finish
If you are a fan of opera, ballet, burlesque, and kink, then Company XIV is for you. Every holiday season, Company XIV presents on of their sexiest and most seductive shows, ‘The Nutcracker Rouge.’ ‘The Nutcracker Rouge’ is a stunning reinterpretation of the classic story, ‘The Nutcracker.’ With the same story elements intact, Company XIV takes this classic tale and brings it to even greater heights by adding their erotic, sexy, and unique twist. ‘The Nutcracker Rouge’ is a show that is a must see this holiday season. Be sure to check it out.
The story was similar to that of the original ‘Nutcracker’ but with a sexy and dark twist. Marie-Claire is transported to a land of sweets but also to a land of sex and eroticism. Going from place to place, Marie-Claire slowly discovers her inner sexuality and in the final scene, she sheds away her layers of clothing to reveal her inner woman finally liberated. Her performance in this show was like a breath of fresh air due to her stunning and eventual seductive style of dance.
‘The Nutcracker Rouge’ isn’t your typical burlesque show. The way this show combined dance, music, and fashion into one big piece was incredible. With classically trained dancers and singers, this production showcases a variety of talents that you would not see anywhere else. The singing ranged from opera to contemporary pop and was incredibly striking. It was also fun to see a combination of traditional ballet fused with styles such as pole dancing and hip hop too.
One of the main things that keeps this show fresh every year is their variations in the stage as well as adding new songs to the set list. One of the most memorable numbers of this night was when one of the actresses was doing aerial acrobatics while singing Ariana Grande’s ‘God is a Woman’ in an operatic style. The sheer level of strength and talent that it must have taken to perform that number in that way left us in awe and admiration. Company XIV’s productions are always done with great taste where the talent shown in their numbers almost makes you forget that most of them have their butts out.
And the fashion in the show was breathtaking. The amount of detail that went into the costumes is definitely something to make a note about. And even as more and more clothes came off the level of style within the costumes were consistently good throughout. There was a ton of sparkle and when the lighting hit the clothes at the right time, it was breathtaking.
‘The Nutcracker Rouge’ runs up to January 13 at Theatre XIV (383Troutman St, Brooklyn).