Moscow Ballet presents the 20th Anniversary production of the critically acclaimed Great Russian Nutcracker in 2012. Debuting the production in 1993, Moscow Ballet has since been touring it annually in 60+ cities across North America.
The beloved Great Russian Nutcracker features 80 professional Russian ballet dancers (between two simultaneous tours in November and December – one along eastern North America and the other along the west). The dancers are top graduates of Perm, Vaganova, Moscow State Academic Choreographic, and Kiev schools. In Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker, they perform choreography by Stanislav Vlasov, formerly of the Bolshoi Ballet, all set to Tchaikovsky’s famous Nutcracker score.
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is the unique retelling of the classic Nutcracker tale with true Russian flair. In addition to a corps of exquisite dancers, the production also features a Christmas tree that grows to 7 stories tall; falling snow and Troika-styled sleigh escorted by traditional Russian folk characters Ded Moroz (Father Christmas) and Snegurochka (Snow Maiden); larger-than-life hand-made silk puppets; 200 lavish costumes (new in 2012); and 9 hand-painted backdrops.
This production has been hailed by critics across the US and Canada…
“Expansive… brimful with feeling… the Russian style is elegantly generous.” New York Times, Alastair Macaulay, Chief Dance Critic
“Sheer splendor and elegant dancing.” Baltimore Sun
“Kaleidoscopic costumes…crystalline dancing…the dancing was paramount.” Dallas Morning News
Moscow Ballet evolved out of the all-star Russian cast “Glasnost Festival Tour” created by award-winning Juilliard alumnus, composer/conductor and theatrical producer, Akiva Talmi. Moscow Ballet made its debut in 1993, with an all-star Russian cast presenting the Great Russian Nutcracker, directed and choreographed by Stanislav Vlasov, a soloist with Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre. Moscow Ballet has increased the size and scope of its tour since then adding Cinderella, Swan Lake, Carmen, and Sleeping Beauty to its touring repertory.
For more background and information, including a complete list of tour dates, visit http://www.nutcracker.com.