Ballet Theatre Company’s resident professional dancers will present excerpts of the company’s production, The Nutcracker, in an exclusive, private performance inside Hill-Stead’s Makeshift Theater. The audience will be submerged in the unique experience of performance up close, an opportunity quite different from viewing ballet from afar in a typical theater setting.
Immediately following the performance, Hill-Stead will lead a Q & A between the audience, BTC’s Artistic Staff, and dancers to learn about the choreographic process, the role of a dancer, performance preparation, and more, also in the Makeshift Theatre.
Perfectly paired with the performance, thematic dessert and libations will be the icing on the cake.
The program will feature
The Dancing Dolls Looking for a way to bring the classic story of The Nutcracker a little closer to home, choreographer Stephanie Dattellas dug into the history of West Hartford and its prominent historical figure, Noah Webster. From her research, Dattellas visualized the male doll dressed as a replica of Noah Webster and, to accompany him, a student ballerina doll. The student doll would dance with Webster’s very first grammar book popularly referred to as the Blue-Backed Speller. The piece will be performed by company dancers, Joseph Beltre and Lea-Janell Mitchell
The Snow Pas de Deux, choreographed to Dattellas’ favorite musical composition in Tchaikovsky’s suite, highlights the dynamic changes in the score. The pas will be performed by resident guest dancer, Roman Mejia of New York City Ballet and Emily Silva, BTC company dancer.
Spanish Chocolate, a fiery, energetic duet between company dancers, Lea-Janell Mitchell and Joseph Beltre, is an exciting piece that includes intricate turns and impressive lifts while emphasizing a spanish flare.
Mirlitons features BTC’s Ballet Mistress and company dancer Emily Silva with her pristine and clean footwork emphasizing each of Tchaikovsky’s notes.
Arabian Coffee highlights the impressive flexibility of a ballet dancer’s body through Dattellas’ use of acrobatic and sensual movement. The piece will be performed by Roman Mejia and guest dancer and CT resident Jo-Ann Burke of Syracuse City Ballet.
Rest assured, Hill-Stead has employed extensive safety measures and precautions to keep visitors safe. A sampling of Hill-Stead’s best practices includes limiting the capacity of our guests, mask-wearing, and social distancing best practices.
$100 per person
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Stephanie Dattellas, joined Ballet Theatre Company as Artistic Director and General Manager in June 2017. Since joining the company, Dattellas choreographed and premiered Cinderella (Spring 2018) the first full-length ballet presented by BTC, choreographed and premiered The Nutcracker (December 2018) and Sleeping Beauty (Spring 2019). Under her direction, the company recently expanded into a 2,200 sq foot state-of-the-art studio and performance venue, accommodating all aspects of the company.
Tracy Dorman, Head Costume Designer, has nearly six decades of experience costuming theater and dance productions. Mostly self-taught, her first costuming project was Snow White for a children’s theatre wing of a summer stock theater company while she was still in high school. While in college as a theater arts minor, she was assigned the task of painting unique designs on sweatshirts for the entire cast of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Her first tutu was created for herself while still in college by following instructions and a pattern grid in a book entitled “Dressing for the Ballet” by Joan Lawson & Peter Revitt, costumers for London’s Royal Ballet. Since then, she has costumed a myriad of shows for the Mark Twain Masquers. Of those she designed and built all the costumes for Teahouse of the August Moon and The Music Man.
For the Connecticut Valley Regional Ballet, she designed and built the costumes for their two divisions: MovingTheatre and Storybook Theatre. She volunteered in the costume shop of the Hartford Ballet, working on designs by Sandra Woodall for The American Nutcracker and also the student based Manchester Ballet. For the first five years of Ballet Theatre Company, she was the sole designer and costumer for all of the company’s performances, working with a small crew of volunteers. The following year a second professional costumer was added to the costuming staff, and today, the company has grown to require a staff of three professional costumers.
Roman Mejia, Resident Guest Dancer from New York City Ballet, will be joining joining BTC’s Season Dancers in the Snowflake Soiree. Mejia was most recently featured as Pointe Magazine’s Spring Cover Story, “Roman Mejia is Carving His Own Path at New York City Ballet” (Read the full article here).
Only 20 years old, Roman has had the opportunity of taking on roles such as Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante, Romeo + Juliet to Fancy Free to Kyle Abraham’s hip-hop–infused The Runaway. Before his contract with NYCB In 2017, Roman was invited to join the Vail Dance Festival to perform Tarantella with NYCB principal Lauren Lovette. Since then he has returned each year and most recently performed the famous Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux with Tiler Peck. “Lots of people can do the steps and have the technique, but you can’t teach this thing that makes you want to watch someone dance,” she says. “That’s what drew me to him,” Tiler Peck said.
Roman Mejia is a member of New York City Ballet’s corps de ballet. He was born in Fort Worth, Texas and began studying ballet at age 3 with his mother and father. At age 13, he entered the Mejia Ballet Academy. Mr. Mejia attended summer courses at the School of American Ballet, NYCB’s official school, in 2014 and 2015 before entering SAB full-time for the 2015 winter term. In August 2017, Mr. Mejia became an apprentice with NYCB, and he joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in November 2017.
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