Cast & Crew
Angela Harriell (Choreographer/Director)
Angela Harriell is the director and choreographer of the popular "Nutcracker: Rated R", as well as the founder and choreographer of the cabaret dance troupe, The Love Show. Her choreography, which has been called witty, moving, unique and theatrical, with narratives that are simultaneously autobiographical and universal, has been performed across the United States as well as in Egypt and Japan. A graduate of Fredonia University, where she received The Graduate Scholarship for ballet, she has worked with Elisa Monte and David Brown dance, Randy James Danceworks, and taught dance at Binghamton University and The Joffrey. Angela's work has been seen at The Delacorte Theater, The Flea Theater, HERE theater, The New York Burlesque Festival, The New York Fringe Festival, White Wave Dance Festival, The Philly Fringe Festival's Late Night Cabaret, House of Yes (earning her a New York Innovative Theatre Awards Outstanding Choreography nomination), and different nightclubs throughout New York. She has set original works for The Public Theater's Public Works series, as well as Jerboa Dance of Seattle and Key West Contemporary Dance in Key West, Florida. Cointreau and Vogue magazine have commissioned pieces from her, and she has created and directed several full-length contemporary ballets, including "Nutcracker: Rated R", which sold out in its runs for seven seasons in New York and was performed in Tokyo, "Dance Mayhem: A Grindhouse Ballet", which debuted at New York's Theatre 80 to great acclaim, and two major collaborations with singer/songwriter Corn Mo and his anthemic rock band, .357 Lover. Her work has thrice been selected to be presented at special galas at the National Arts Club, where Angela has performed along with such luminaries as Elaine Stritch, F. Murray Abraham, Tammy Grimes, Charles Busch and Julie Halston. Angela was a Hammerstein Beauty at Simon Hammerstein's notorious downtown supper club, The Box, and also performs with Brooklyn Ballet, Brooklyn Repertory Opera and Opéra Français de New York. Angela was commissioned to create original choreography for the New York screening of "The Antics Roadshow", a new film by Banksy, and has taught dance at Lincoln Center for Midsummer Night's Swing. The New York Post and many other publications have praised her choreography, and The New York Times sent a reporter to follow her troupe's exploits on Bastille Day.
Kurando Tachioka (Lighting Designer)
・Japan in Tokyo
『Classroom to pile up』(3/2015)/THEATRE X/SPINNIN RONIN
『ROCCA ZAMURAI』(12/2015)/ZA-KOENJI Public Theatre/SPINNIN RONIN
Alex Moore (Lighting Designer)
Alex Moore is a New York City based multiple award winning lighting designer fluent in all theatrical design disciplines whose work encompasses B’Way, Off B’Way, Off Off Broadway and Internationally. Recent work includes Dietrich Rides Again (Medicine Show Theatre) for the Negro Ensemble Company Inc. Day of Absence (Theatre 80 St. Marks) Forbidden Colors (La MaMa). Previous designs include Paco Pena’s FLAMENCURA North American Tour (US, Canada) and the motion picture FRANCES HA. Alex is excited to have the opportunity to work with Angela, Nobuya, and the talented dancers and crew of GRINDHOUSE: The Ballet.
Norihiro Maruta (Nanban)
Born in Miyazaki, Japan,
Norihiro started break dancing when he was 18 years old, and was chosen as one of the best eight dancers in the UK-B Boy Championship Competition in the Kyushu division. After graduating from college, Norihiro started his acting career. He worked with an entertainment agency, and appeared on stage and TV commercials, including Pepsi Cola in which he was a dancer.Norihiro performed leading roles Down Town Hero Botterers, and in SAKURA with Kukan Engine, a drama company in Japan. Since he came to New York,He has played some support role in In The Line(off Broadway show),URASHIMA TORO;A Fisherman’s Tale
and MOMOTARO;Spirit of Peach.
He also has played a main role in movie The Alex in Jail.
And He has joined Tate Hotoryu 4th anniversary performance in NY.
Nobuya Nagahama (Officer Nagahama/B-Boy Choreographer)
Nobuya is originally from Tokyo, Japan. He has been active as a dancer and choreographer in and around the New York area since 2006. He has appeared in numerous dance showcases and TV shows including: SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon, Carnival Choreographer Ball, THE MOVEMENT -A THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE, and At the Season 5 Audition for SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE in 2008, the judges commented that they loved his amusing dancing style and funny character. He has won a rave review from The New York Times: "Nobuya is a scene stealer with his sinuous blend of popping and Voguing." He has also had the opportunity to dance with Dave Scott in the commercial New Era. For many years he has performed the opening number at Carnival Choreographer's Ball, the biggest street dance showcase in New York, with the founders, Carey Ysais and Paulette Azizian. As a choreographer, one of his students, Haruto Maeda won the Grand Champion in Apollo Theater Amateur Night with his choreography in 2015. And he choreographed the Off Broadway musical, Captain Filthy Fred at La Mama. As an instructor, he teaches Hip Hop at Peridance Capezio Center. He joined The Love Show in 2010. Since then, he has performed in many showcases presented by The Love Show in including Nutcracker Rated R, Boomstick Ballet and Grindhouse Ballet. In BOOM STICK, he played the main character, Ash, and received positive praise from the audience. Fro more info visit his site, www.nobuyan.com
Toshihiko "TOSHI" Nakazawa (Sakuragi)
Toshihiko “TOSHI” Nakazawa was born in Japan and took up dancing as a student at Daito Bunka University, where he was a member of the modern dance club. He has been performing as a dancer since the age of 18. While in Japan, Toshihiko had formal education in modern dance and has also studied various forms of street dancing, including popping, hip-hop and so many others.
He took first place in AMATEUR NIGHT at New York’s Apollo Theater in May 2013, and Apr 2014. He also made it to the Vegas audition of “So You Think You Can Dance,” currently America’s most popular television show. His performance was broadcasted nationwide.”He has also appeared in various shows and TV programs, such as FOX, ABC, NHK, and others.
Currently he is working for the New York City based Broadway theater/Bus-Tour in their show “The Ride.”
Every year, Toshihiko goes to back to Japan in order to make seminar of his speeches, workshop, and performance in many places. He frequently appears on commercials and radio programs, and gives lectures throughout Japan.
Kaori Hiwasa (Sugar)
Kaori Hiwasa is from Osaka, Japan. Her career started as a live performance backup dancer for the Japanese artists and choreographers. Kaori has worked with renowned choreographer Shawnette Heard (Janet Jackson, Madonna, Beyoncé), Sheila Barker, Lauren Cox, Eric Jenkins and Ellenore Scott (So You Think You Can Dance, Janet Jackson, Glee, CATS, Head Over Heels, King Kong). She is currently working with notable artists and choreographers across the city.
She performs multiple styles including Contemporary, Jazz, Hip-Hop.
David Bishop (Stage Manager)
David Bishop, “The Bishop of Burlesque”, headlined the New Zealand Burlesque Festival in May 2018, was voted #2 in the 2017 Burlesque Top 50 (Non Performers), was called “*the* stage manager for huge productions coast to coast” by PinCurl Magazine and was their April 2016 'Burlesque Spotlight'.
He has gleefully worked/performed in over 25 US states & 6 countries since 1997 including in Tokyo, Japan with The Love Show!
Follow him @burlesquebishop on Twitter & Instagram.