Moscow Ballet presents the critically acclaimed Great Russian Nutcracker annually in over 130 cities across the US and Canada.
The beloved Great Russian Nutcracker features 40 professional Russian ballet dancers on 3 simultaneous tours in November and December. 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; and 7 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 performance dates, visit http://www.nutcracker.com.