NHB Announces its Nutcracker 2014 Sugarplum Fairy and Cavalier — NYCB’s Savannah Lowery and Adrian Danchig-Waring!
Savannah Lowery was born in Largo, Florida. She began her dance training at the age of three at the International Dance Academy in Seminole, Florida. She also studied at Judith Lee Johnson’s Studio of Dance with Amy Rhoda-Taylor and at Florida Ballet West. Ms. Lowery entered the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, full time in the fall of 1999. In November 2001, Ms. Lowery became an apprentice with New York City Ballet, and in October 2002 she joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet. She was promoted to the rank of soloist in December 2007 after her performance in the role of the Dewdrop in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. She has performed a wide range of roles and has worked with world renown choreographers such as Christopher Wheeldon, Susan Stroman and Twyla Tharp. Her favorite role to date is the Russian Girl lead from Serenade.
Adrian Danchig-Waring is a Principal Dancr with the New York City Ballet, where has worked under Peter Martins since 2003. He was a founding member of Morphoses The Wheeldon Company (2007-2009), and has pursued project-based collaborations with artists such as Eliot Feld (Mandance, 2008), Luca Veggetti (The Bacchae, 2011), and Pontus Lidberg (Warriors, 2010 and Within (Labyrinth Within) 2012). Adrian has originated roles in NYCB commissions by choreographers such as Mauro Bigonzetti, Boris Eifman, Peter Martins, Wayne McGregor, Benjamin Millipied, Justin Peck, Angelin Preljocaj, Alexei Ratmansky, Liam Scarlett and Christopher Wheeldon. He has also performed numerous principal roles in works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, and Twyla Tharp, additionally performing in national and international Galas at the National Center for Performing Arts (Beijing), Festival Internacional de Ballet (Havana) New York City Center, New York State Theater (David H. Koch Theater, NY), The Vail International Dance Festival, Teater Vanemuine (Tartu, Estonia), Le Palais Garnier (Paris) and Sadler’s Wells (London).
Welcome one and all to New Haven Ballet’s 18th annual production of The Nutcracker!
This year has brought back so many incredible memories. As I have worked with each performer—from our youngest, exuberant reindeer to seasoned adult party guests—I am reminded of my own training and performance experiences. It gives me goose bumps to recall my first Nutcracker, running out onto what felt like an infinitely large stage at the Arie Crown Theater in Chicago and gazing out into row upon row of seats filled with excited audience members. I thought about some of the incredibly talented and famous performers I had seen standing on that very same stage and thought, “I am the luckiest person in the world.”
And I was.
To be given an opportunity to share a piece of one’s self through performing before a live audience is one of the greatest gifts imaginable. This year’s cast features over 240 performers, who will not only dance to Tchaikovsky’s famous score performed by the New Haven Ballet Orchestra but also have the chance to learn about the many facets of live theater. It has been an honor and privilege to work with so many dedicated dancers and provide them with the opportunity of sharing with all of you a glimpse into their hearts. From Clara’s jubilance upon receiving the Nutcracker as a gift from her mysterious Uncle Drosselmeyer, to the excitement of the battle between Clara’s beloved Nutcracker and his soldiers against the band of Mice and their Mouse King, to the serenity of traveling through the Land of Snow, and finally the joy of visiting the Kingdom of Sweets – we are delighted to share this treasured experience with each member of you, our audience.
I am also grateful for and wish to extend a special thank-you to those who have made the magic of Nutcracker possible: our New Haven Ballet faculty and staff, for investing their time and their talent; NHBO’s Conductor and musicians, for bringing their special magic to the production; the Board of Directors, for their guidance and assistance; the Shubert staff and crew, for their superb support and expertise; our students’ families, for their generous support of every kind; and our tireless volunteers, for their cheerful willingness to undertake any task, no matter how small or large, to make this production a success. They all remind us what the spirit and true meaning of the holidays really are.
On behalf of New Haven Ballet’s staff and performers, I wish you all a joyous and safe holiday season, and thank you for making our Nutcracker a part of your holiday tradition.