New Logo, Creatives, and Performance Dates Announced!


Creatives and Performance Dates Announcement

Jaq Seifert is proud to announce the return of, THE BUTTCRACKER: A NUTCRACKER BURLESQUE©️ at Uptown Underground, November 28th, December 5th, 12th and 19th, and 26th at 8:00pm. This variety show meets holiday party is a combination fairy tale and exotic trip down the rabbit hole with the best of Chicago’s nightlife entertainment. A twist on the original ballet highlighting the world of burlesque, boylesque, drag, magic, fire spinning, sword balancing, ballet and more. Tickets ($22-$45) will be on sale in October.

This new spin on a holiday classic will again be choreographed by Darling Shear, and features returning solo artists Gaea Lady, Emma Glitterbomb, Kamrah Raqs, and Evelyn Tensions, as well as Kathleen Hoil reprising their role as The Buttcracker and assisting in the directing of the show. Adrian Summerville will again design the costumes and is joined by Mealah Heidenreich on props.

The Buttcracker: A Nutcracker Burlesque©️ tells the story of Clara, the humble office admin, a believer in body and sex positivity. Charged with the planning and executing of the office holiday party, she hires a dancer named Drosselmeyer to entertain her coworkers. But when the dance causes her to lose her job, she doubts whether there’s a place for her in the real world. Seeing her despair, Drosselmeyer gives her a gift of a tiny Nutcracker, and lodged inside its mouth she finds a hidden piece of candy that upon consumption, whisks her away on a wild hallucinogenic trip from the boring-A(s)F(u*k) holiday party to the jazzy, seductive, and luscious underground world of the Land of the Sweets. While there, she battles rats, saves the day, and realizes her sensual, sexy self is nothing to be ashamed of, but to be celebrated and enjoyed.

About Darling Shear: Darling Shear is a Chicago Native but has roots in Atlanta where Darling started dance training. Darling attended North Springs Charter School of the performing arts where Darling was trained in Ballet, Modern, Jazz and African. Darling began dancing professionally right out of high school and in that time worked with many great choreographers. The highlights were working with Bubba Carr, choreographer/artistic director to Cher for 12 years and counting, Rhonda Henriksen soloist with Hubbard Street and Twyla Tharp, Tracy Vogt former Philadanco dancer, Hinton Battle the Original Scarecrow from the broadway production of “The Wiz” and Lauri Stallings Hubbard street soloist and founder/artistic director of gloATL. Darling moved back to Chicago the summer of 2011 to start Suna Dance a collaborative artist group and had the first performance in November of 2011. Darling, a freelance dancer/choreographer in the city has worked with The Fly Honeys of the The Inconvenience, Body Cartography of Minneapolis, Links Hall, Victoria Bradford, Chicago AIDS Foundation, chances dances, no small plan productions, Slo’Mo, the Public hotel, Soho House Chicago, Growing Power inc., expo Chicago, Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre, the school of the art Institute,  Depaul museum, University of Chicago, University of Illinois in Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago Film Archive, Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, Salonathon, and Open TV beta.

About Jaq Seifert: Jaq Seifert is a producer, artist, late night comedian, and fight director who wrote and created The Buttcracker: A Nutcracker Burlesque©️ in 2016. Jaq, who is trans/non-binary, is dedicated to the creation of entertainment, fundraisers, and theatrical productions that emphasize diversity in race, sexuality, gender identity, and expression in the arts. The recently founded their production company, (sub)version productions, whose mission is to resist the normalization of performance, to reimagine the way the public views queer performance art, and redefine what cannot be defined. From burlesque to solo performances, cabarets and dance experiences, (sub)version productions is dedicated to art that matters and is never finished.  

About the venue: The Uptown Underground is Chicago’s premiere entertainment destination dedicated solely to the works of Burlesque, Cabaret, Music, Magic and Comedy. With two stages and a vintage speakeasy style bar, Uptown Underground is your one-stop destination for robust and scintillating entertainment in an intimate and inviting atmosphere.


The Buttcracker: A Nutcracker Burlesque

Wednesdays, November 28th, Dec. 5th, 12th, and 19th, and 26th


Uptown Underground (21+)

4707 N. Broadway Ave.

Chicago, IL

Tickets: $22-$45

Logo and Poster Design by Celia Calder

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