|Mystic Stage – Grand Opening Gala|
|Events Name: Grand Opening Gala
Event Date: September, 29
|Info: Formal attire suggested|
Olde Mystic Village Venue to host international, contemporary ballet repertory
Mystic, Conn., September 8 – The Olde Mystic Village Arts Cinema will take a breathtaking leap on September 29 with the opening of Mystic Stage, a new 1000+ square-foot stage, 185-seat venue that accommodates world-class contemporary dance, classical ballet and theater performances. Adjacent to Mystic Village’s popular Arts Cinema, Mystic Stage features a newly renovated performance space with state of the art lighting, sound and technical equipment. It will be the performance home for Mystic’s international contemporary ballet company, Mystic Ballet.
The major reconstruction at Mystic Stage is a collaboration between local community leaders Joyce Olson Resnikoff, owner of The Olde Mistick Village; Bill Dougherty, owner of Olde Mistick Village Art Cinemas; and Goran Subotic, Artistic Director, Mystic Ballet. “Olde Mystic Village Arts Cinema’s development with Mystic Ballet is part of my life-long dream, to establish a theater for the community,” said Bill Dougherty.
Mystic Ballet, since 1997, has attracted international dancers and choreographers from 22 countries to Mystic at the height of their ballet careers. The contemporary ballet company rehearses at the Ballet’s Mistuxet Avenue studios, performs in various local venues, and tours — performing at Jacob’s Pillow, Spitzen-Tanz, Germany and Festival Promodanca, Brazil — but until now, has not had a Mystic venue for local audiences. Mystic Stage puts Mystic Ballet’s performances squarely in the proximity of downtown Mystic and opens Mystic as an international dance destination.
“For 15 years Mystic Ballet has showcased and nurtured Mystic’s extraordinary local talent and has worked to bring a vibrant cultural community to the world,” said Goran Subotic, Artistic Director. “I am honored that Mystic Ballet is celebrating its 15th Anniversary Season with this auspicious opening of Mystic Stage. We are committed to making Mystic a worldwide destination for dance and look forward to celebrating this wonderful cultural institution with our town.”
The collaborative team will mark the opening with a gala event September 29. “The family at Olde Mistick Village is thrilled to welcome Mystic Ballet. We have always been proud to support the Arts these past 40 years, with Mystic Ballet being part of our family it brings us to a higher level,” Resnikoff said.
Mystic Ballet, under the artistic leadership of Goran Subotic, celebrates 15 years in 2012 and has become a recognized force in contemporary dance. Mystic Ballet encompasses a vast array of techniques and forms, as well as an understanding of abstract artistry and the emotional nuances of movement. Critically acclaimed for its exuberant, athletic, and innovative repertoire, Mystic Ballet presents performances that inspire, challenge, and engage audiences worldwide. The company’s ensemble of dancers displays unparalleled versatility and virtuosity, allowing Mystic Ballet to expand its eclectic repertoire with works by master American and international choreographers.