URBAN NUTCRACKER Set to an engaging blend of Tchaikovsky and Duke Ellington, Anthony Williams’s multicultural version of the holiday classic irreverently mixes ballet and contemporary dance with a lively collage of movement styles, from hip-hop and tap to flamenco and rhythmic gymnastics. A delight. Through Dec. 23. $25-$125. John Hancock Hall.
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