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Welcome to the Garde Arts Center, winner of the 2022 Outstanding Historic Theatre in America award from the League of Historic American Theatres.

Since the community nonprofit took ownership in 1985 of the 1440-seat Garde Theater movie palace (now two years shy of its 100th Anniversary) and restored its original Moroccan interior, the Garde has grown to encompass expanded lobbies, a 100-seat Oasis Room, and an entire “arts block” of adjacent historic buildings becoming a true home for the performing arts for Southeastern Connecticut.

We hope you will enjoy the intimacy, beauty, comfort, and production quality of our theater and the pride we take in our community, every performer, and each individual patron we serve.

Every live performance, movie, public gathering, or private event is an opportunity to fulfill our mission to connect and energize all communities in our region and beyond.

During this season we will begin to address historic operational and facility challenges. We will be making improvements to our backstage facilities, including new truck lanes and a loading dock, purchasing a new sound system, and beginning renovations on a new event and rehearsal space.

In the months ahead, the community will be asked to support a new Campaign for the Next Century that will improve safety, accessibility, and frequency of use for the Garde stage, provide additional community space, and help support our programs and services as we approach the Centennial of the Garde in 2026.

We hope your presence and support this year will help prepare the Garde for a new century of service.

Your tax-deductible support and participation are always welcome. Thank you again for joining us at your home for the performing arts.

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The Garde Arts Center is a not-for-profit community organization established in 1985 to restore and operate the historic Garde Theatre and adjacent buildings in New London as a major performing arts and education center for Southeastern Connecticut.

The Garde Arts Center is a member of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP), League of Historic American Theaters (LHAT), CT Arts Alliance, the Southeastern CT Cultural Alliance, and the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT.

STEVEN SIGEL has served as Executive Director of the Garde Arts Center since April 1988.

A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Mr. Sigel’s career in theatre was influenced by his father who founded Maryland’s first professional theatre, Center Stage. An accomplished violinist, he studied at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, performed with the Maryland Youth Symphony Orchestra, and studied acting at the Sonia Moore Studio, Jean Shelton Studio, and Boston University’s School of Fine Arts. A graduate from BU with a BA in Psychology, he worked as a community organizer in Jamaica Plain (MA) and San Francisco, before becoming the General Manager of the One Act Theatre Company of San Francisco. His musical scores and direction at the One Act Theatre and for the Berkeley Shakespeare Festival won awards from the Bay Area Drama Critic’s Circle and the Hollywood Dramalogue Magazine.

Before moving to New London, Mr. Sigel served as Director of Public Relations for the School of Creative Arts at San Francisco State University, and Managing Director of the Berkshire Theatre Festival in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

Mr. Sigel has produced the Governor’s CT Arts Awards, and was awarded an arts administration fellowship by the Connecticut Commission on Culture. He is a board member of the CT Arts Alliance, a founding board member of the Southeastern CT Cultural Coalition, and has also served on various regional and New London civic organizations. His honors include the New London Landmarks Preservation Award, the OIC Community Champion Award, and with Jeanne Sigel, the Garde’s Marketing and Development Director, the New London Kiwanis Lifetime of Community Service Award, and the William Crawford Distinguished Service Award by the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut.

Residents of New London, he and his wife Jeanne have three accomplished daughters who have gifted them with three grandsons, three granddaughters, and two grand dogs.

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(May 17)

Williams’ estate sold by William Williams to J.P.T. Armstrong, Frederick Mercer and Theodore Bodenwein 1923


(September 22)

Garde Theater opens with film The Marriage Clause starring Francis X. Bushman and Billie Dove 1926

1925 (August)

Walter S. Garde purchases theater lots (September 28)

Arthur S. Friend, theatrical attorney, acquires Garde holdings


Garde presents touring production of stage play Tobacco Road 1953

1929 (August)

Warner Brothers purchases building for $1,000,000

Movie theater closes 1977

1964 (October)

Televised showing of Liston-Clay fight

(May 28)

Adjacent Meridian and Mercer Buildings purchased by GAC 1993

(Oct. 20)

Groundbreaking Ceremony for renovations 1996

1995 (Feb.) Campaign for the Garde 2000 to restore theater and expand lobbies

(Oct. 16) Grand Opening of the Restored Auditorium 1999

1998 (April)

Bob Dylan sells out two performances (Oct. 16)

New lobbies completed

Oasis Room opens as concert hall 2008


CATS sets box office record

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Non-profit Garde Arts Center founded August 5 and purchases Garde (November 20) 1985


Robertson Paper Box Company purchases property from RKOStanley-Warner

Steve Sigel becomes first Managing Director; Chinese Magic Revue first GAC presented event 1988


Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra moves to Garde

Movie premiere of Wally Lamb’s Wishin’ & Hopin’ sells out two screenings 2015


New state-of-the-art digital cinema and surround system installed




New Theater HVA unit installed 1990

1989 (Sept.)

Marvin Hamlisch kicks off first subscription season (Oct.)

Violin Virtuoso Itzhak Perlman preforms with symphony

1992 (May 12)

The London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas

Comedian Kevin Hart sells out in 14 hours; (September)

New theater & lobby HVAC systems installed 2017

Garde Theater celebrates 90th Anniversary; Garde Theater featured in Wally Lamb’s novel I’ll Take You There and Ghost Hunter’s TV Show.


Replaced 1926 Fire Curtain 2019

Sold out Movie Premiere of Little Pink House

2022 League of Historic Theaters Award Outstanding Theater of America


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Tue, Feb 27, 2024 | 7:30 pm


50th Anniversary


Colette Adae Ludmila Beaulemova Maria Clubfoot Holly Dey-Abroad

Nadia Doumiafeyva Elvira Khababgallina Varvara Laptopova

Anya Marx Resi Oachkatzlschwoaf Grunya Protazova

Olga Supphozova Gerd Törd Bertha Vinayshinsky

Tatiana Youbetyabootskaya Blagovesta Zlotmachinskaya

Bruno Backpfeifengesicht Ilya Bobovnikov Boris Dumbkopf

Araf Legupski Marat Legupski Sergey Legupski

Timur Legupski Mikhail Mudkin Boris Mudko

Chip Pididouda Yuri Smirnov Kravlji Snepek

Pavel Törd Jens Witzelsucht Tino Xirau-Lopez

Tory Dobrin Artistic Director

Liz Harler Executive Director

Isabel Martinez Rivera Associate Director

Raffaele Morra Ballet Master

Shelby Sonnenberg Production Manager





Swept up into the magical realm of swans (and birds), this elegiac phantasmagoria of variations and ensembles in line and music is the signature work of Les Ballets Trockadero. The story of Odette, the beautiful princess turned into a swan by the evil sorcerer, and how she is nearly saved by the love of Prince Siegfried, was not so unusual a theme when Tchaikovsky first wrote his ballet in 1877 -- the metamorphosis of mortals to birds and visa versa occurs frequently in Russian folklore. The original Swan Lake at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow was treated unsuccessfully; a year after Tchaikovsky’s death in 1893, the St. Petersburg Maryinsky Ballet produced the version we know today. Perhaps the world’s best known ballet, its appeal seems to stem from the mysterious and pathetic qualities of the heroine juxtaposed with the canonized glamour of 19th century Russian ballet.

Benno: Kravlji Snepek (friend and confidant to)

Prince Siegfried: Araf Legupski (who falls in love with)

Varvara Laptopova (Queen of the)

Swans: Artists of the Trockadero (all of whom got this way because of)

Von Rothbart: Yuri Smirnov (an evil wizard who goes about turning girls into swans)


Intermission ~







Stylistic heir to Balanchine’s Middle-Blue-Verging-On-Black-and-White Period, this ballet has become a primer in identifying stark coolness and choreosymphonic delineation in the new(neo) neo-new classic dance. It has been called a wristwatch for Balanchine clock-time.

Varvara Laptopova and Grunya Protazova


Ludmila Beaulemova, Holly Dey-Abroad, Anya Marx, Colette Adae

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~ Intermission ~ PAQUITA






Paquita is a superb example of the French style as it was exported to Saint Petersburg in the late 19th Century. Paquita was originally a ballet-pantomine in 2 acts, choreographed by Joseph Mazillier, to music by Ernest Deldevez. The story had a Spanish theme, with Carlotta Grisi (creator of Giselle) as a young woman kidnapped by gypsies, who saves a young and handsome officer from certain death. Premiering at the Paris Opera in 1846, the ballet was produced a year later in Russia by Marius Petipa. Petipa commissioned Ludwig Minkus, the composer of his two most recent successes (Don Quixote and La Bayadere) to write additional music in order to add a brilliant “divertissement” to Mazillier’s Paquita. Petipa choreographed for this a Pas de Trois and a Grand Pas de Deux in his characteristic style. These soon became the bravura highlights of the evening-to the point that they are the only fragments of Paquita that have been preserved. The dancers display a range of choreographic fireworks, which exploit the virtuoso possibilities of academic classical dance, enriched by the unexpected combinations of steps.

Ballerina and Cavalier

Nadia Doumiafevya


Bruno Backpfeifengesicht


Variation 1

Variation 2

Variation 3

Variation 4

Variation 5

Colette Adae

Resi Oachikatzlschwoaf

Ludmila Beaulemova

Varvara Laptopova

Nadia Doumiafeyva




MONTE CARLO was founded in 1974 by New York City-based ballet enthusiasts in order to present a playful, entertaining view of traditional, classical ballet in parody form and with men performing all of the roles – and in the case of roles usually danced by women: en travesti and en pointe. Founders Peter Anastos, Anthony Bassae, and Natch Taylor broke away from Larry Ree’s Gloxinia Trockadero Ballet to create a dance- and choreography-focused company. They put on their first shows on the makeshift stage of the West Side Discussion Group, an early gay and lesbian political organization, which was led by future Trockadero General Director Eugene McDougle. The performances were infused with a subversive edge as the country was still a long way from bringing drag performance to a mainstream audience.

The Trocks, as they are affectionately known, soon garnered critical acclaim and cultural cachet in publications with major reach, such as The New Yorker, The New York Times, and the Village Voice. By mid-1975, the company’s inspired blend of dance knowledge, comedy, and athleticism, moved

beyond New York City when the Trocks qualified for the National Endowment for the Arts Touring Program, hired a full-time teacher and ballet mistress, AND made its first extended tours of the United States and Canada. Packing, unpacking, and repacking tutus and drops, stocking giant-sized toe shoes by the case, and running for planes and chartered buses all became routine parts of life. They have been going non-stop ever since, appearing in 43 countries and more than 660 cities worldwide. The company has garnered a dedicated fan base, repeating performances in countries year after year, and continuing to add first-time engagements as the company enters its 50th Anniversary season.

Interest and accolades have accumulated over the years. The Trocks have proved an alluring documentary subject, featured in an Emmy-winning episode of the acclaimed British arts program The South Bank Show; the 2017 feature film Rebels on Pointe; and most recently Ballerina Boys, which aired on PBS American Masters in 2021. Several of the Trocks’ performances at the Maison de la Danse in Lyon, France, were also aired by Dutch, French and Japanese TV networks.

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Other television appearances have ranged from a Shirley MacLaine special to the Dick Cavett Show, What’s My Line?, Real People, and OnStage America. The dancers also have the distinction of appearing with Kermit and Miss Piggy on Muppet Babies.

The company’s awards include a prestigious UK Critics Circle National Dance Award for Best Classical Repertoire (2007) and nomination for Outstanding Company (2016), the UK Theatrical Managers Award (2006); and the Positano Award for Excellence in Dance (2007, Italy). The company has appeared in multiple galas and benefits over the years, including at the 80th anniversary Royal Variety Performance to aid the Entertainment Artistes’ Benevolent Fund in December 2008, which was attended by members of the British Royal family, including the (now) King Charles III.

The original concept of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo has not changed. It is a company of professional male dancers performing the full range of ballet and modern dance repertoire, including classical and original works in faithful renditions of the manners and conceits of those dance styles. The comedy is achieved by incorporating and exaggerating the foibles, accidents, and underlying incongruities of serious dance. Muscular, athletic bodies delicately balancing on toes as swans, sylphs, water sprites, romantic princesses, and angstridden Victorian ladies enhance the appreciation for the art form, delighting die-hard ballet fans and newcomers alike.

Looking to the future, the Trocks are making plans for new commissions, new debuts, and new audiences, while continuing the company’s original mission: to bring the pleasure of dance to the widest possible audience.

The company will, as they have for 50 years, “keep on Trockin’.”


COLETTE ADAE was orphaned at the age of three when her mother, a ballerina of some dubious distinction, impaled herself on the first violinist’s bow after a series of rather uncontrolled fouette voyage. Colette was raised and educated with the “rats” of the Opera House but the trauma of her childhood never let her reach her full potential. However, under the kind and watchful eye of the Trockadero, she has begun to flower and we are sure you will enjoy watching her growth.

LUDMILA BEAULEMOVA, famed country and western ballerina and formerly prima ballerina of the grand Ole Opry, recently defected from that company when they moved to their new Nashville home. The rift was caused by their refusal to stage the ballet with which her name has become synonymous, I Never Promised You a Rose Adagio.

MARIA CLUBFOOT. The latest of the great Native American ballerinas: Larkin, Tallchief (Maria and Marjorie), Clubfoot. Maria, pride of the Luni tribe, blazed a path with her interpretation of “Slaughter on 10th Avenue,” set in the Wolf Den club at Mohegan Sun. Maria appears with the Trockadero under special permission from Federal authorities.

HOLLY DEY-ABROAD. Miss Dey-Abroad lacks the talent and intelligence that are required to be good at dancing and did not understand that this lack of talent and intelligence are often the same qualities needed to recognize that one is not good at dancing—and if one lacks such talent and intelligence, one remains ignorant that one is not good at dancing. Consequently she auditioned for the Trocks and was accepted.

NADIA DOUMIAFEYVA. No one who has seen Heliazpopkin will soon forget the spiritual athleticism of Nadia Doumiafeyva, a child of Caucasus who changed her name for show business reasons. Her fiery attack, combined with her lyric somnolence, produces confusion in audiences the world over, particularly when applied to ballet.

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ELVIRA KHABABGALLINA, voted “the girl most likely to,” is the living example that a common hard-working girl can make it to the top. Our friendly ballerina was pounding the pavement looking for work when the Trockadero found her. Her brilliant technique has endeared her to several fans, as well as to some of the stage hands. Her motto is “a smile is better than talent.” Her nickname is... well, never mind what her nickname is.

VARVARA LAPTOPOVA is one of those rare dancers who, with one look at a ballet, not only knows all the steps but can also dance all the roles. As a former member of the Kiev Toe and Heel Club, she was awarded first-prize at the Pan Siberian Czardash and Kazotski Festival for artistic mis-interpretation.

ANYA MARX comes to the ballet stage after her hair-raising escape from the successful (but not terribly tasteful) overthrow of her country’s glamorous government. She made a counter-revolutionary figure of herself when she was arrested for single-handedly storming the State Museum of Revolutionary Evolution, where her fabulous collection of jewels were being insensitively displayed alongside a machine gun. The resilient Madame Marx is currently the proprietress of America’s only mail order Course in Classical Ballet.


RESI OACHKATZLSCHWOAF. Resi was born on a locomotive speeding through the Alps in her native Bavaria. She quickly realized the limitations of her native folk dancing and quaint handicrafts. After her arrival in America, she learned everything she now knows about ballet from a seminar entitled: “Evil Fairies on the Periphery of the Classical Dance.”

GRUNYA PROTAZOVA is the missing link between the crustaceans of the old Russian school and the more modern amphibians now dancing. Before joining the Trockadero, Grunya was the featured ballerina at Sea World, where her famous autobiographic solo, Dance of the Lower Orders, brought several marine biologists to tears.

OLGA SUPPHOZOVA made her first public appearance in a police line-up under dubious circumstances. After a seven-year-to-life hiatus, she now returns to her adoring fans. When questioned about her forced sabbatical, Olga’s only comment was “I did it for Art’s sake.” Art, however, said nothing.

GERD TÖRD, “The Prune Danish of Russian Ballet,” abandoned an enormously successful career as a film actress to become a Trockadero ballerina. Her faithful fans, however, need not despair as most of her great films have been made into ballets: the searing Back to Back, the tear-filled Thighs and Blisters, and the immortal seven-part Screams from a Carriage. Because of her theatrical flair, Gerd has chosen to explore the more dramatic aspects of ballet, causing one critic to rename her Giselle, “What’s my Line?”

BERTHA VINAYSHINSKY has defected to America three times and been promptly returned on each occasion -- for “artistic reasons.” Recently discovered “en omelette” at the Easter Egg Hunt in Washington, D.C. Prima Ballerina Vinayshinksky was hired by the Trockadero, where their inexplicable rise to stardom answers the musical question: Who put the bop in the bop-shibop shibop?


TATIANA YOUBETYABOOTSKAYA created many original roles in St. Petersburg where she was the last of a long line of Italian etoiles to appear at the Maryinsky Theater. It was her dazzling triumph in the role of “Electricity” in the extravagant “Excelsior” in her native Milan which brought her fame. However, no less electrifying was the line up of perfectly trained elephants, performing like the present day Rockettes. Unfortunately, Mlle Youbetyabootskaya’s jealous scenes over the publicity given to these elephants and their ensuing popularity with the public, caused numerous problems. She subsequently refused to appear again in this role.

BLAGOVESTA ZLOTMACHINSKAYA. Ever since her auspicious debut as the Left Nostril in the ballet extracted from The Nose by Gogol, Blagovesta has shown a unique appreciation of her homeland’s literary heritage. Back home in Kiev, she is best known as the star of the hit TV show Challenge Anna Karenina, in which the eponymous heroine of Tolstoy’s classic novel seeks to expose the fin de siecle malaise at the heart of pre-Revolutionary Russia with the aid of a helicopter and walkie-talkie.

BRUNO BACKPFEIFENGESICHT soared into prominence as the first East German defector whose leave-taking was accomplished at the virtual insistence of the defectees (although in subsequent days Herr Backpfeifengesicht was accused of abandoning his joyous comrades for “a mountain of beer and an ocean of dollars”). His meteoric rise to stardom caused him to be named Official Bicentennial Porteur by a committee of New York balletomanes who singled out his winning feet and losing smile.

ILYA BOBOVNIKOV, the recipient of this year’s Jean de Brienne Award, is particularly identified for his Rabelaisian ballet technique. A revolutionary in the art of partnering, he was the first to introduce crazy glue to stop supported pirouettes.

BORIS DUMBKOPF has been with the greatest ballerinas of our time and he has even danced with some of them. One of the first defective Eastern Bloc male stars, he left the motherland for purely capitalistic reasons. Amazingly, between his appearances on television and Broadway and in movies, commercials, magazines, special events, and women’s nylons, he occasionally still has time to dance.

THE LEGUPSKI BROTHERS. Araf, Marat, Sergey, and Timur are not really brothers, nor are their names really Araf, Marat, Sergey, or Timur, nor are they real Russians, nor can they tell the difference between a pirouette and a jete...but...well...they do move about rather nicely...and... they fit into the costumes.

MIKHAIL MUDKIN, the famed Russian danseur for whom the word “Bolshoi” was coined, comes to America from his triumphs as understudy to a famous impresario in the role of the Bear in Petrushka.

BORIS MUDKO is the Trocks’ newest danseur, having joined only last year. Boris is a drunken but talented Russian from Dzerzhinsk, in the former Soviet Union. He insisted on an audition while the company was on tour. It took some time to sober him up to make him coherent – he was given gallons of tea and several enemas – but finally he was accepted into the company. He has since given up all drink and is doing quite well.

CHIP PIDIDOUDA. Chip is a renowned Greek cricket player who stumbled into the world of English ballet after a wrong turn on the M-90 to Folkestone. Chip was heralded for his simple and inspiring interpretation of “Doppe” in Dizzney’s world premiere of La Fille de Neige Blanche. Unaffected by technique, Chip brings his special brand of athleticism and “je ne sais quoi pas” to the Trocks.

YURI SMIRNOV. At the age of sixteen, Yuri ran away from home and joined the Kirov Opera because he thought Borodin was a prescription barbiturate. Luckily for the Trockadero, he soon discovered that he didn’t know his arias from his elbow, and decided to become a ballet star instead.

KRAVLJI SNEPEK comes to the Trockadero from his split-level birthplace in Siberia, where he excelled in toe, tap, acrobatic and Hawaiian. This good-natured Slav is famous for his breathtaking technique--a blend of froth and frou-frou centered on a spine of steel, painfully acquired at the hands and feet of his teacher, Glib Generalization, who has already trained many able dancers. As an artist in the classical, heroic, tragical mold, young Kravlji wrenched the heart of all who saw him dance Harlene, the Goat Roper in The Best Little Dacha in Sverdlovsk.

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PAVEL TÖRD, “The Prune Danish of Russian Ballet”, abandoned an enormously successful career as a film actor to become a Trockadero premier danseur. His faithful fans, however, need not despair as most of his great films have been made into ballets: the searing Back to Back, the tear-filled Thighs and Blisters, and the immortal seven-part Screams from a Carriage. Because of his theatrical flair, Pavel has chosen to explore the more dramatic aspects of ballet, causing one critic to rename his Siegfried, “What’s my Line?”

JENS WITZELSUCHT. Mr. Witzelsucht has a pure and rare neurological disorder characterized by a tendency to make puns or tell inappropriate jokes or pointless stories in socially inappropriate situations, along with a pathological giddiness with lunatic mood swings. As he does not understand that this behavior is abnormal, he has found a place in the company as one of the more comedic artists.

TINO XIRAU-LOPEZ. Lopez, a well-known figure to the Off-Off-Off audiences, returns to the Trockadero flushed from last season’s Nutcracker in which he played the fiendishly difficult role of the Father. His numerous theatrical successes have not prevented his stern, aristocratic family from disavowing any claims he might make to the title.




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Resi Oachikatzlschwoaf and Ilya Bobvnikov

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Birthplace: Pinar del Río, Cuba. Training: Centro pro danza-Laura Alonso. Joined Trockadero: July 2023. Previous companies: California Ballet, Twins City Ballet of MN, Ballet Theater of Maryland, Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami.


Birthplace: Charleston, SC. Training: Robert Ivey Ballet School, Joffrey Ballet School. Joined Trockadero: November 1995. Previous companies: Florence Civic Ballet, Dance Theater of Harlem Ensemble, Bay Ballet Theater.


Birthplace: Santiago, Chile, Training: José Espadero Professional Dance Conservatory, Sofia Sancho Dance School, Madrid Dance Center. Joined Trockadero: October 2023. Previous company: International Ballet Festival.


Birthplace: Lugo, Italy. Training: Il Balleto, The HARID Convservatory. Joined Trockadero: October 2023. Previous companies: Los Angeles Ballet, Estonian National Ballet.


Birthplace: Overland Park, KS. Training: Ballet Chicago, Miami City Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre. Joined Trockadero: July 2023. Previous companies: City Ballet of San Diego, Queer the Ballet.


Birthplace: Gran Canaria, Spain. Training: Centro Coreografico de Las Palmas Trini Borrull, Conservatory of Dance Carmen Amaya. Joined Trockadero: August 2017. Previous companies: Ballet Jose Manuel Armas, Lifedanscenter , Peridance Contemporary Dance Company.



Birthplace: Holguin, Cuba Training: Camaguey Academy of Ballet, Provincial Ballet School, Holguin, Cuba. Joined Trockadero: May 2019. Other Companies: Holguin Chamber Ballet, Ecuadorian Chamber Ballet, Municipal Ballet of Lima, Peru.


Birthplace: Komae-shi, Tokyo, Japan. Training: Sam Houston State University, The Ailey School, Miyako Kato Dance Academy. Joined Trockadero: March 2022. Previous Companies: NobleMotion Dance, James Sewell Ballet, Hope Stone Dance.



Birthplace: Middletown, NY. Training: Natasha Bar, School of American Ballet, Chautauqua Institution of Dance. Joined Trockadero: September 2012.

Previous company: North Carolina Dance Theater.


Birthplace: Granada, Spain. Training:

Hochschule fur Darstellende kunst Frankfurt am Main.

Joined Trockadero: August 2019.


Birthplace: McGehee, AR. Training: Arkansas Academy of Dance, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Accademiá dell’Arte, Florida State University.

Joined Trockadero: August 2021.

Previous companies; Arkansas Festival Ballet, Tallahassee Ballet.


Birthplace: México City. Training: Dance School of Mexico City, Joffrey Ballet School, Alonzo King’s LINES

Ballet. Joined Trockadero: February 2023. Previous companies: Ballet

Folklorico De México de Amalia

Hernández, Convexus, Contemporary Ballet, FABC, Mexico de Colores.


Birthplace: Lleida, Spain. Training: Real Conservatorio Profesional de Danza de Madrid Mariemma. Escuela de Ballet

Camina Ocaña and Pablo Savoye. Joined Trockadero: August 2019. Previous company: Severočeske Divadlo Opera a Balet.


Birthplace: Philadelphia PA. Training: Marymount Manhattan College Joined Trockadero: November 2021. Previous companies: New York Dance Project, New York Theater Ballet.


Birthplace: Osaka, Japan. Training: Vaganova Ballet Academy, Ellison Ballet. Joined Trockadero: August 2018. Previous company: Atlantic City Ballet. Program

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DE MONTE CARLO, Inc. is a nonprofit dance company chartered by the State of New York.

Martha Cooper, president; Jenny Palmer, vice-president; Amy Minter, treasurer; Mary Lynn Bergman-Rallis, secretary.

James C.P. Berry, Tory Dobrin

All contributions are tax-deductible as provided by law.

Special Thanks to our Major Institutional Supporters:

Booth Ferris Foundation

The New York Community Trust

The Howard Gilman Foundation

Mertz Gilmore Foundation

The Max and Victoria Dreyfus foundation Rallis Foundation

Shubert Foundation

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Major support for the Choreography Institute is provided by Denise Littlefield Sobel.

Thanks to our local and state cultural funding agencies for their contributions to our work in New York with support, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature; The Harkness Foundation for Dance; and the NYU Community Fund.

Thanks to our Board of Directors and individual supporters for their generous contributions that make our nonprofit mission possible.

Make up provided by: MAC Cosmetics

The official Pointe Shoe Provider of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo: Nikolay

Music for ballets on the program is conducted by Pierre Michel Durand with the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, Pavel Prantl, Leader


Liz Harler, Executive Director, liz@trockadero.org

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Executive Director Steve Sigel

Managing Director Jennifer Zembruski

Director of Development & Marketing Jeanne Sigel

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Hospitality Coordinator Charlotte Fields

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On street parking after 5pm and on weekends (please notice No Parking Signs) and behind Superior Court Building - located off Cottage Street.


Water Street Garage - 160 Water Street (opposite Amtrak Station)


Wheelchair accessible restrooms are located in both the Main Lobby and the Upper Lobby.


First and second levels are accessible by elevator. Please note there are stairs to balcony and loge seating.

Wheelchair locations are available in the rear orchestra. Please indicate your needs when purchasing tickets.

The Sennheiser Listening System provides amplified sound through headphones available free of charge with a deposit of credit card or driver’s license. For special needs and questions, call the Garde Box Office at (860) 444-7373 extension 1.


The use of recording equipment or the taking of photographs in the theatre during the performance is strictly forbidden. Smoking and vaping is not permitted inside the Garde Arts Center. Red signs located above the exits indicate emergency fire exits. For your safety, please check the location of the exit nearest your seat. In the event of a fire or other emergency, please walk to that exit.


If you arrive late for a performance, you will be seated at the discretion of the management. Your fellow patrons appreciate your cooperation.


Box Office hours are from 10 am until 5 pm

Monday through Friday. Box Office opens 2 hours prior to performance times and remains open through intermission.

Box Office: (860) 444-7373 extension 1

Fax: (860) 701-0189

E-mail: boxoffice@gardearts.org

Tickets On-Line: www.gardearts.org


For current schedules and information or to purchase tickets on-line, visit our website at www.gardearts.org.


Ticket exchanges are subject to a $5 per ticket fee with a maximum of $20. Some restrictions apply. Exchange fees are waived for subscribers with minimum 48 hours advance notice. Ticket refunds are not available.


From Hartford/Colchester

Rt. 2, Rt. 11, Rt. 85 and down Broad Street, across Huntington St. onto Gov. Winthrop Blvd. or State Street.

From I-95 Northbound

Exit 83, and down Huntington St., left onto State St.

From I-95 Southbound

Exit 84 South, and down Eugene O’Neill Dr., turn right onto Gov. Winthrop Blvd. or State St.

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