PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: A Day With Davon Rainey and Katrina Cunningham of Company XIV's Sexy Burlesque Nutcracker Rouge

By Matthew Blank
12 Dec 2013

Company XIV and The Saint At Large present the New York Premiere of Nutcracker Rouge, conceived, directed and choreographed by Austin McCormick. Featured dancer Davon Rainey and sultry chanteuse Katrina Cunningham each documented a day at the offbeat, sexy holiday spectacle.





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Playing with Davon in wigs that we don't actually wear. Have to warm up the imagination!
Photo by Katrina Cunningham



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Nutcracker Rouge is "a sparkling reimagining of the beloved Nutcracker tale told with erotic, sensual and opulent flair. From the celebrated director/choreographer Austin McCormick comes a Baroque-Burlesque confection of theatre, dance, circus and sumptuous design. Immerse yourself in a hedonistic display of gorgeous and decadent winter entertainment that includes opera performed by Shelly Watson, text inspired by E.T.A. Hoffman’s 'The Nutcracker' and 19th century poetry."

The cast includes Laura Careless as Marie-Claire, Jeff Takacs as Monsieur Drosselmeyer, Shelly Watson as Madame Drosselmeyer, circus artists Cassady Rose Bonjo, Courtney Giannone and Nicolas Maffey, and dancers Marisol Cabrera, Katrina Cunningham, Molly Griffin, Alexander Hille, Jakob Karr, Nicholas Katen, Kana Kimura, Tyler Phillips, Davon Rainey and Allison Ulrich.

Performances continue at Minetta Lane Theater through Jan. 5.

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