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SEATTLE—Just when Seattleites thought they’d experienced all the magic of the holiday season, The Buttcracker returns in a haze of sweat, glitter, and hairspray for the fourth year in a row. This city’s beloved modern-dance variety show salutes the glory of ’80s hair metal with a festive “mix of professional dance and raunchy satire,” (The Seattle Times).
Titled in 2018 as Buttcracker IV…the final countdown!, this nostalgic extravaganza includes new choreography by Amy J Lambert, whose recent work, Young Manic: I wanted to be on Broadway was described by City Arts as the “Saturday Night Live of dancing.” Additionally, choreographers include Diana Cardiff, Sara Jinks, Matt Mulkerin, and Jana Hill, the show’s four producers, who inspire people to get rowdy, hold their lighters high, and sing along to beloved jams in the audience each year.
Local fans of The Buttcracker include Florangela Davila, Managing Editor of Crosscut. “What do Guns N’ Roses and Baby Jesus have in common? Buttcracker, of course!,” Davila said.
Inspired by several holiday institutions, including the traditional Christmas pageant and The Nutcracker Ballet, The Buttcracker wows with humor and energy à la This is Spinal Tap. New acts this year include a film, plus live pieces featuring aerial acrobatics and roller skating, as well as the next chapter in Santa and Mrs. Claus’s love story. Returning pieces include “Frosty Flakes,” a “snow” filled ballet and “one of the only times you’ll see performers spinning giant razor blades.” (The Seattle Weekly).
With additional choreographers including Richard Ayres and Sarah Paul Ocampo, Buttcracker IV…the final countdown! will rock one’s pants off, capture the Christmas spirit, and regurgitate it back at audiences with reckless abandon.
The show is a descendant of the best of Buttrock Suites, the producers’ original dance series whose popularity grew a cult following in the early 2000s. With well-known Seattle choreographers/performers such as Wade Madsen, Crispin Spaeth, and Juliet Waller Pruzan, these shows consistently sold out Velocity, Bumbershoot, Neumos, and Triple Door, to name a few.