A Heartwarming Journey
CCome celebrate the holiday season with Eastern Connecticut Ballet’s seafaring Nutcracker, Dec. 12 and 13, at the Garde Arts Center in New London. Shake off the cold, stroll through the doors of the Garde and ease yourself out of the frenetic world of holiday preparations. Luscious sounds of carolers in the lobby and musicians tuning their instruments will soothe and lift your spirits.
Children will thrill to the excitement of the opening party scene, the battle on the high seas, the journey to an enchanted seaport and the spectacular dancing. Lavish sets and costumes will transport you to 1850 New London while you enjoy music from the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, performances by guest artists Melissa Hough from Boston Ballet, Alexander Iziliaev and Arantxa Ochoa from Pennsylvania Ballet and The Hartt School, and more than 100 dancers.
Performances are Dec. 12 at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m, and Dec. 13 at 1:30 p.m. For tickets, call The Garde Arts Center at (860)444-7373.
Tickets are $31-39 for adults; $17-$23 for children. Special military discounts are available for balcony seating.
The Nutcracker represents a unique and personal experience for everyone.
“You hear the music everywhere, heralding the beginning of the holiday festivities. This classic is the one ballet that has universal appeal and will live forever,” says Gloria Govrin, the ballet’s new artistic director.
Govrin’s love for The Nutcracker is firmly rooted in her 15 year run as a dancer with the NewYork City Ballet. She is well known for her performance in Coffee, the Arabian Divertissement, which George Balanchine choreographed especially for her.
Adding her own distinctive touches to The Nutcracker, Govrin has created bright new choreography for the Spanish, Chinese, Arabian and Russian variations. Lovers of tradition will delight in the return of Mere Gigogne, whose petite Polichinelles escape from under her voluminous skirt and enchant the audience with their sweet dance. Also look for fresh new costumes and scenic enhancements.
As in years past, the performances of Ochoa and Iziliaev will bewitch patrons. The pair exudes warmth and magnetism rare on the ballet stage. Melissa Hough, principal dancer with Boston Ballet, will join them.
While changes are always exciting, Eastern Connecticut Ballet holds fast to cherished traditions. Members of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Julian Pellicano, will provide full and rich support for the dancers.