• Erin Bomboy

Company XIV's Austin McCormick on "Nutcracker Rouge Cocktails and Burlesque at Home"

It doesn’t feel much like December without the Nutcracker, so why not give a new type of performance a try, one that’s more spice yet still quite nice.

Like many troupes, Company XIV had to confront the realities of Covid-19. It scuppered its annual Nutcracker Rouge, a full-length work with daredevil cirque numbers and flirty dance bits that unfolds against a luxurious set of winking rhinestones and glittering candelabras.

It would be sad — yet another hallmark of the New York holiday season lost in 2020 — but artistic director Austin McCormick has executed a pandemic pivot. Nutcracker Rouge Cocktails & Burlesque at Home brings the troupe’s inimitable extravagance and sophisticated sensuality straight to your living room with curated recipes for libations and eight short but saucy acts released weekly. McCormick says . . .


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Marcy Richardson / Candied Violet; Photo by Alexander Sargent