Saturday, December 4, 2010

Hooray for Ballet

If you'd like to add some Demi Detourné to your December, you can see the Connecticut Ballet perform The Nutcracker at the Palace Theater. The show is on Saturday, December 11th at 2pm and again at 7pm as well as Sunday, December 12th at 1pm and again at 4pm.

The show hosts a dance cast of 70 professionals, adorable kids and two stars from the American Ballet Theatre: Julie Kent and Jose Manuel Carreno. Tickets prices are $25, $35 or $50 with an additional $7 fee, and you can purchase them here.

If you'd prefer to see your ballerinas a little batty, very soon you'll be able to see the newly released movie, Black Swan. It's opened to rave reviews and tells the story of the technically proficient New York City ballet dancer Nina (Natalie Portman) whose director is casting for the top spot in Swan Lake. The role requires both the sweetness and light of the White Swan and the dark sexy melodrama of the Black Swan. Although Nina has the White Swan role all sewn up, she faces a real threat from the duplicitous new dancer Lily (Mila Kunis) who is the perfect picture of the Black Swan. The two dancers become "frenemies" and Nina starts to go a little bonkers.

The director of the movie (Darren Aronofsky) left me mesmerized and reeling after his Requiem for a Dream, so I'm sure Black Swan will do the same. It just opened in major markets like NYC and will open in our area soon: enter your zip code into the Fox Searchlight site to find out more. You can see the trailer here.

(photo from jorgemejia,

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