Moscow Skyline backdrop – opening scene

While Ballet Master Vladimir Troschenko tours the Riviera, Spain and Portugal with his acclaimed Swan Lake, Moscow Ballet Scenic Designer Valentin Fedorov works on the imaginative sets and puppetry that come to life in the Great Russian Nutcracker. Exclusive to Moscow Ballet’s Nutcracker is the very first scene, set to the music of the overture, in which Magician/Uncle Drosselmeyer enchants children with a puppet show that he magically brings to life.

Masha’s bedroom – with artists at work

Artist Federov created the whimsical puppet theatre and puppets as well as the iconic Moscow skyline behind the dancers. Federov is also the artist behind Masha’s delightful bedroom with it’s larger-than-life toys and where the Mice Army battle and injure her beloved Prince Nutcracker. Federov also created the fanciful world of Peace and Harmony, an homage to Henri Matisse’ wonderfully childlike and colorful jungle scenes.

Chinese Dragon puppet in Chinese variation

Federov is also the creator of the 6 to 8 foot tall puppets in Act II’s Land of Peace and Harmony which represent animals from each couples’ region. The Russian dancers are accompanied by a Bear, the Spainards by a Bull, Chinese have their red and yellow Dragon, the French Unicorns and the Arabians are given two animals – a lion and an elephant. The animals are friendly and dance along with their human counterparts.

Valentin Federov, set and puppet designer

The talented Federov hails from the small. central Russian republic Chuvash which has a long history of puppet making. In fact, he was given the title “Honored Artist of Chuvashia.” At the Moscow Artistic Academic Theatre, Fedorov studied under the legendary designer Valery Leventhal, of Bolshoi Ballet fame, and he has been the art director at the Chuvashia State Theatre of Opera and Ballet since 1988. There he designed more than 40 productions for opera and ballet to critical acclaim. Moscow Ballet is proud to add Federov’s charming sets and puppets to the whimsical and imaginative storytelling that sets Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker apart from others.

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