Mystic Ballet dances in Mystic and Old Saybrook

Sergei Vanaev's  'Swan Lake,' with Aleksander Subotic  and Maria Nishida
Sergei Vanaev's "Swan Lake," with Aleksander Subotic and Maria Nishida

For the past two years, Mystic Ballet has been invited to the prestigious Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival's Inside Out Series in Becket, Mass.

When it performed this summer, Mystic Ballet drew a standing O before the second-largest audience in Inside Out history.

If you didn't make it to Jacob's Pillow, don't fret. You can see three of the pieces that Mystic Ballet did there when they hit stages in Mystic and Old Saybrook.

The trio are: Sergei Vanaev's "Swan Lake" and two works by Lauren Edson - "Sun and Steel" and the debut of "Imaginary Love." (Mystic Ballet, by the way, also danced Edson's "Sun and Steel" during the 11th Annual International Ballet Gala in Managua, Nicaragua, this summer.)

These are among the six contemporary works that Mystic Ballet will do in its G.R.A.B. Series, which will feature duets that "deal with the cycle of discovery, investigation, tribulations and revelry that happen with every human encounter."

The others are Austin McCormick's "Le Masque," Gabrielle Lamb's "Cadaster," and a reconstruction of a past work to the music of Phillip Glass.

McCormick, by the way, earned words of praise from the New York Times, which described his work as "a heady blend of baroque elegance and contemporary snap. The combination is deliriously rewarding."

Mystic Ballet, 7 p.m. Saturday, Mystic Stage, Olde Mistick Village Art Cinemas, Coogan Boulevard, Mystic; $26-$36; (860) 536-3671,; also, 3 p.m. Sunday, Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook; $30, $35; (860) 510-0473,


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