This year’s production of The Hartt School Community Division’s (HCD) The Nutcracker is featuring four professional dancers in key roles, as well as new choreography and costuming for several sections of the ballet. New York City Ballet’s Erica Pereira and Daniel Ulbricht will perform opening week (Dec. 8, 9, and 10), and Ballet Des Moines’ Eleanor Danaan and Eugeniu Cilenco will join the production for the second week of performances (Dec. 15, 16, and 17).
Tchaikovsky’s glorious score provides the backdrop for this full-length, family-friendly annual holiday production. Performances are held in the newly renovated Alfred C. Fuller Music Center’s Millard Auditorium at the University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford.
Admission is $30 for adults, $20 seniors, $20 for students with ID, and $15 for children 12 and under. Please call the University Box Office at 860.768.4228 or 800.274.8587, or visit hartford.edu/tickets to purchase tickets. Contact the dance office at 860.768.6000 for more information.
About Erica Pereira, Soloist, New York City Ballet
Erica Pereira began studying ballet at the age of 8. In 2005, Pereira began studying at the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet. Pereira became an apprentice with New York City Ballet in 2006, soon joining the Company as a member of the corps de ballet. In 2009, she was promoted to soloist.
About Daniel Ulbricht, Principal Dancer, New York City Ballet
Daniel Ulbricht began his dance training at the age of 11. At age 16, Ulbricht was invited by the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet, to continue his training. In 2000, he became an apprentice with New York City Ballet, and in 2001, he joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet. Ulbricht was promoted to the rank of soloist in 2005 and principal dancer in 2007.
About Eugeniu Cilenco, Ballet Des Moines
Eugeniu Cilenco was born in Moldova. He received his education at the State Ballet Academy Munich. He danced as a guest at the Bavarian State Ballet in Munich and was a finalist of the Prix de Lausanne and the International Ballet Competition in Vienna. Since 2006, he is engaged as a dancer in Germany at the Theater Dortmund, where he performed in Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Manon, and Sleeping Beauty. Cuilenco joined Ballet Des Moines in 2016.
About Eleanor Danaan
Eleanor Danaan started training as a child at the School of Classical Ballet and Dance (SCBD) in West Des Moines and continued there until she graduated high school in 2012. At that same time, she also performed with Ballet Des Moines. This is Danaan’s third season with Ballet Des Moines.
Hartford-Area Students Enjoy Free Viewing of The Nutcracker
Every year, Hartford public school students and their families are invited to attend an open dress rehearsal of The Nutcracker. Students are treated to a viewing of the full ballet at no charge, as well as a “behind-the-scenes” glimpse of the scene change that takes place during intermission.
In addition, Hartford Performs will be sponsoring classroom visits and an offsite field trip for nearly 300 students in three area schools to visit the University of Hartford for a showing of Act 1 from The Nutcracker. This year’s attendees will be second graders from Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School and Dr. Michael D. Fox School, second- and fourth-graders from Parkville Community School, and first- and second-graders from Breakthrough Magnet School.
Pictured: Erica Pereira and Daniel Ulbricht. Photo courtesy of New York City Ballet.