The beloved ‘Harlem Nutcracker’ bankrupted choreographer Donald Byrd’s earlier company. Two decades later, he’s bringing it back.

Dancers perform during the number “Danse of the Floreadores,” part of Duke Ellington’s interpretation of The Nutcracker Suite, and used in rehearsals of “The Harlem Nutcracker,” Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019, at Spectrum Dance Theater in Seattle. The production is being revived 23 years later by choreographer Donald Byrd in Seattle after its original staging in 1996 in New York City. 212225

Donald Byrd's "Harlem Nutcracker" was instantly loved when it debuted in New York City in 1996. But it also financially doomed Byrd's NYC company. Now, he's bringing it back in Seattle, starting with a workshop production at On the Boards Dec. 12-15.

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