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Reimagining Clara as a clumsy single girl, this modern-day revamp mingles aerial ballet and breakdancing with Tchaikovsky's classic score

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When you alter a classic story, you discover new things about it, such as the fact that Hamlet, Space-Monkey will never live up to its poster. See a more successful adaptation with this GrouponLive deal to Caroline Calouche & Co.'s production of Clara's Trip: A Nutcracker Story at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center's Booth Playhouse. For $30, you get two tickets for general admission (a $60 value). Choose from the following shows:

  • Friday, December 7, at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 8, at 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 8, at 7 p.m.

A modern-day retelling of The Nutcracker, Clara's Trip: A Nutcracker reimagines the original story's child heroine as Clara LeBlanc, a young, single, and extremely accident-prone woman. Her klutziness has resulted in countless ruined first dates and countless trips to the city's most romantic emergency rooms. But when her friend Angela Flowers invites her to a singles holiday party, Clara's luck starts to change. As Tchaikovsky's lush ballet score begins to fill the air and an atmosphere of magic creeps in, so does a blend of traditional ballet, breakdancing, and aerial set pieces.

Caroline Calouche & Co.

Many dance companies approach ballet from a modern angle. Caroline Calouche, celebrating her company's 10th anniversary, prefers a more perpendicular one. When the stage is not enough space for her visions of macabre masquerade balls or surreal dreamscapes, she takes to the air above it, outfitted with a cirque's worth of aerial harnesses and accoutrements. Her dancers are just as likely to pirouette down a 20-foot skein of golden silk as across a hardwood floor. Pairs of lovers might hang precariously from the frame of a hollow cube or perform a gravity-defying pas de deux on the double lyra—their suspension above the earth either an expression of freedom or a prison of their own making. Like identifying an elderly smoker's gender over the phone, the airborne element leaves plenty of room for interpretation.

By marrying the storytelling ability of floor-bound choreography with the gravity-defying tricks of circus arts, Caroline Calouche & Co. unleashes the full potential of aerial dance. The company's productions are free to venture to strange new places. For example, in past shows, women have risen from their graves to haunt their murderous husbands. Likewise, the sounds of Moby and Blue Man Group are more likely to be heard than Debussy.

Audience members who want to ply the ropes and silks for themselves can learn to do so during the dance company's aerial-dance classes, along with a tight curriculum of ballet, contemporary, and stretching and strengthening courses. For all its global influences and aerial showmanship, Caroline Calouche & Co. keeps its feet rooted in the local community with outreach programs for all ages, ethnicities, and social groups.

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