Please join ALL ARTS for a special screening of “The Hip Hop Nutcracker” at the Bronx Library Center.
The event will feature a post-screening conversation with director and choreographer Jennifer Weber, moderated by Video Music Box co-creator Ralph McDaniels.
Jennifer Weber Bio
Jennifer Weber (director/choreographer) is a Lucille Lortel and Bessie-Award nominated choreographer based in New York City. This fall, she is making her West End debut with the premiere of “& Juliet,” a new musical featuring the songs of pop songwriter Max Martin. In 2020 she will make her film debut as the choreographer for Disney’s “Zombies 2.” Off Broadway choreography credits include “KPOP” (Ars Nova/Lortel Nom), “Teenage Dick” (The Public/Ma-Yi), “Cruel Intentions” (LPR/US Tour) and “Stockholm” (U.S. premiere/Hudson Stage). Weber was commissioned by New York City Center to create a new work for NYCB principal dancer Tiler Peck and hip hop legend Lil Buck for the 2018 Fall For Dance Festival. Her concert dance work has been performed at Jacob’s Pillow, the Apollo, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Southbank Center, and the Stanislavsky Music Theatre, Moscow.
Commercial direction/choreography: Marc Jacobs, CK2, American Express, Uber, Ulta, L’Oreal, Reebok, Philosophy and Lifetime’s Bring It Live! Tour. Weber holds a B.A. in Communications (Cum Laude) from the University of Pennsylvania and is a member of Lincoln Center’s Directors Lab and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
Ralph McDaniels Bio
Ralph McDaniels (moderator). In 1982, Ralph McDaniels approached a local TV station with an idea to host a music-video show. The station was not enthusiastic about McDaniels’s idea at first because the concept didn’t exist. After about a year, McDaniels got the opportunity to produce a show he called Video Music Box (VMB). It was not long before VMB’s six-day, 60-minute television viewership began to grow. The show was number two in its time slot, second to Oprah.
McDaniels has interviewed former President Bill Clinton, New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, Reverend Jesse Jackson, Legendary Salsa Singer Celia Cruz and reported from the National Democratic Convention, just to name a few.