The most challenging move in all of ballet is the fouetté rond de jambe en tournant, which requires the ballerina to leap 8 feet into the air, pirouette through a ring of fire, and land inside her own mouth. Witness the reality-bending properties of dance with today’s Groupon: for $40, you get two orchestra-level tickets (an $84 value) to Swan Lake on Friday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the Garde Arts Center in New London.
The Russian National Ballet Theatre presents Swan Lake, the tragic tale of a beautiful princess who is transformed into a swan by an evil sorcerer and the young prince whose love could lift the curse. The company, under the artistic direction of renowned Bolshoi principal dancer Elena Radchenko, is broadly recognized as one of the giants of Russian ballet, making it hard to fit through most theaters' puny, human-size doors.
Set to Tchaikovsky's timeless score, the dialogue-less performance follows the crisp dance designs of Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa, the choreographers famous for their work on Cinderella and The Nutcracker. Ballerina Ekaterina Egorova holds the audience spellbound as both the gentle Odette and the darkly seductive Odile. With a recently restored Moroccan interior, the 1,472-seat theater melds classic movie-palace elegance and modern comfort. In their orchestra-level seats, ballet-goers sit in prime position to absorb the spectacle and drama of Tchaikovsky's masterpiece or to tie the conductor's coattails together.
Garde Arts Center
A crimson curtain rises to unveil the operas, nationally touring musicals, children's shows, and films that pass under the historic movie palace's gilded ceiling. Originally built in 1926 as a home for vaudeville performances and motion pictures, the grand venue has survived more than eight decades with the help of The Garde Arts Center, Inc., a nonprofit organization that formed in 1985 to both preserve the building and pursue its mission "to engage, enrich, entertain, and inspire the region of Greater New London." Today, the center stages a slew of performances and events that keep guests on the edges of all 1,472 seats.
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