FARMINGTON — With the holidays ahead, Hill-Stead Museum invites patrons of the arts, dance enthusiasts, and holiday goers alike to celebrate the season at Hill-Stead. Enjoy “The Nutcracker Reimagined” brought to life by Ballet Theatre Company, including a costume exhibition, dance performances, and special events. This year, the Hill-Stead Museum and Ballet Theatre Company are embracing the unique opportunity to reimagine the annual holiday tradition of “The Nutcracker” said an email from the museum. From Nov. 27 through Jan. 10, BTC’s touring costume exhibition, “Through the Tulle,” will be on display, coupled with a series of performance events that will all take place at Hill-Stead.
Imagine the museum decked out in festive garb with 20 sparkling pieces from the theater company’s “Through the Tulle” costume exhibition. Guests tour the historic house where the bespoke costumes have been laid out in rooms and carefully paired to highlight their respective room’s extraordinary Impressionist art, aesthetic, color palette, and mood. The costumes showcased exemplify the wide range of time period, design, style, and personality that BTC’s costume designers have mastered while outfitting dancers from productions of “The Nutcracker,” “Cinderella,” “Sleeping Beauty,” and “Don Quixote.” Special house tour tickets are available for purchase and going fast at www.hillstead.org or www.dancebtc.org.
Hill-Stead’s Carriage Porch will come alive with BTC’s resident professional dancers as they twirl, leap, and pirouette in a snow globe brought to life. Visitors will be mesmerized as they watch from the outside, transported to New York City’s Fifth Avenue for a stunning window display.
Throughout the run of the presentation, there will be a host of incredible programs including two Snowflake Soirees (Friday, Dec. 11 and Saturday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m.). The intimate, socially distanced performances in the Makeshift Theatre will feature 20-year-old ballet principal Roman Mejia, resident guest dancer from New York City Ballet along with BTC’s Season Dancers. Following the performance, there will be a Q & A between the audience, BTC’s artistic team, and dancers. Thematic dessert and libations will be the icing on the cake.
Hill-Stead Museum is located at 35 Mountain Road, Farmington.