A Heart­warm­ing Jour­ney

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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.

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