Without dance, people could only hum along to "Macarena," and Jane Austen characters would be forced to say what was really on their minds. Witness expressive movement with this GrouponLive deal to see Moscow Festival Ballet's Swan Lake at Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts in Storrs. For $27, you get two tickets for mezzanine seating on Thursday, March 29, at 7:30 p.m. (a $54 value).
A haunting strain blown by an oboe casts a specter over Tchaikovsky's theme to Swan Lake, a German fairy tale adapted into a classic ballet more than a century ago. The narrative of Swan Lake captivates audiences with its immortal tale of good versus evil, following Prince Siegfried as he struggles to save the alluring swan maiden Odette from a wicked sorcerer's spell. The emotionally driven pirouettes and twirls performed by more than 50 dancers from the Moscow Festival Ballet blend classical elements of the Bolshoi and Kirov companies and interplay with the ballet's enchanting musical score. The ballet's tempestuous journey ends with a riveting climax that steers onlookers to the edge of their seats and causes them to bite the nails of fellow audience members.
Run by the University of Connecticut, Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts extends its educating mission to the community, topping its stage with more than 25 acclaimed artists each year and a fresh coat of peanut butter each night.