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“A Christmas tale from a faraway Land of Snow and Ice,” New York Times, Brian Seibert, 2014, Real beauty… precise dancing…well-trained cast.”
“Bortiakova's…endearing smile and girlish innocence, was…truly great...Whimsical sets and giant animal stick puppets and Arthur Oliver's colorful costumes brightened the stage,” Cleveland Plain Dealer, Steve Sucato, 2014
Only in October! Be sure to register to win 6 tickets to bring the kids and grandparents see Moscow Ballet’s Christmas extravaganza with the whole family. Create memories that will last a lifetime and share the spirit of the season! The Grand Prize winner will be announced Tuesday, November 3 on Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker fan page on Facebook and on Twitter.
Moscow Ballet and Free the Captives partner to help stop human trafficking in Houston!
Tickets are on sale for the premiere of Moscow Ballet’s celebrated Great Russian Nutcracker presented by Free the Captives at Houston Baptist University’s Dunham Theater Friday November 6, 7:00 PM.
Free the Captives and like-minded churches and organizations will raise funds from ticket sales to the Great Russian Nutcracker that will directly benefit Houston’s teenaged victims of human trafficking.The ultimate holiday tradition, Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is the only internationally touring ballet group to perform to critical acclaim in over 75 North American cities annually. This partnership is Free the Captives’ major fundraising event and the goal is to expand the summer job program for trafficked teens to be year-round, to open Houston’s first drop in center for trafficked victims and to purchase a production facility for the job program which will help underwrite the programs on an ongoing basis. Call Extreme Tix 888-695-0888 or go to www.nutcracker.com/buy-tickets.
Meet the 2015 Moscow Ballet Audition Directors
Pictured: Zhanna Golubenko, Maria Skoruk, Olga Aru, Olena Nalyvaiko
Olga Aru– was invited to participate in the United Nation’s International Dance Council Paris, CID, in Athens summer 2014 and was Guest Speaker and Soloist for the lecture-demonstration “Peace, Art and War – Lived, Spoken and Danced” at Russell Sage Colleges in Albany NY. Get to know more about Olga
Mariia Skoruk– At just ten years old, was invited to attend the famous ballet school of the Kiev State Opera and Ballet Theater and she was awarded “Honorable Mention” at the 5th Serge Lifar International Ballet Competition in Kiev, Ukraine – one of the highest level ballet competitions in the world! Get to know more about Mariia
Olena Nalyvaiko– in addition to being a 2011 graduate of Kiev State Choreographic College which develops dancers who excel in choreographic training, Olena also is a ballet artist and an assistant teacher in the upstart “The Young Kyiv Ballet” founded in 2006 by renowned choreographer Radu Poklitaru. Get to know more about Olena
Zhanna Golubenko, is in her second year at the Bolshoi Academy (known as Moscow State Academic School of Choreography) working under Master Teacher Vera Kulikova. Most recently she performed as Soloist for Tiit Harmi Ballet Theater in historic Tallinn, Estonia. Get to know more about Zhanna.
Tickets are On Sale for Moscow Ballet’s acclaimed Great Russian Nutcracker in Most Cities on the 2015 North American Tour!
“Real beauty,”New York Times; “Dazzling” Calgary Herald;“Powerful,” D.C. Metro Theater and Arts;“Breathtaking;” Cleveland Plain Dealer and“Spectacular” Denver Post ~ 2014
Tickets are on sale now for Moscow Ballet’s celebrated Great Russian Nutcracker on most cities on the 2015 North American tour! It’s the ultimate holiday tradition from the youngest to the seniors in the family. See Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker and create memories for a lifetime. The company of almost 40 dancers is the only internationally touring ballet group to perform to critical acclaim in over 75 North American cities annually. The renowned, award-winning principal dancers and corps de ballet thrill audiences with their expertise, dramatic expression and stunning leaps, turns and drops. The production is known for its dedication to world peace: naming Act II the “Land of Peace and Harmony;” featuring a rose shooting cannon and a stunning “Dove of Peace” with a 20’ wingspan. All ages feel the spirit of the season at the Great Russian Nutcracker through the romantic costumes and shimmering backdrops splashed with highlights of Russian history. Additional fanciful effects include life-sized Matrushka Dolls; 3-headed Rat King and authentic Troika Sleigh escorted by Father Christmas and Snow Maiden through the magic Snow Forest.
Tickets start at $30.00 and groups of ten or more, Girl Scout troops, and church groups receive discounts by calling 800-320-1733. Seniors 65+ and AAA discounts are available at the theater box office with appropriate identification.Militaryand families receive discounts through Ticketmaster’s GOV-X or at the venue’s Box Office.For Gold Circle Gift Package and single tickets click on www.nutcracker.com/buy-tickets!
Moscow Ballet coming to the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn
Moscow Ballet is honored to bring the Great Russian Nutcracker to the premiere season of Brooklyn’s newly restored community treasure, Kings Theatre, on Saturday December 5, 3:00pm. The ultimate holiday tradition for the youngest to the seniors in every family, seeing Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker creates holiday memories that last a lifetime. The renowned, award-winning principal dancers and corps de ballet thrill audiences with their expertise, dramatic expression and stunning leaps, drops and turns. The production is known for its dedication to world peace placing Act II in the “Land of Peace and Harmony,” featuring a cannon that shoots roses and a stunning 2-dancer “Dove of Peace” with a 20’ wingspan. For tickets call Ticketmaster 800-745-3000 or click here.
Moscow Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet….an exquisite rendering of Shakespeare’s classic love story
Moscow Ballet premiered Shakespeare’s classic love story in 2011 with all new choreography by Ballet Master Andrei Litvinov to critical acclaim. “Expansive… the Russian style is elegantly generous, and so the experience is never meager,” Alastair Macaulay, Chief Dance Critic, NY Times, “Moscow Ballet [men] perform with strength and weightlessness at the same time,” Cheryl Callon, TheatreJones.com, Dallas and “When performed by [Moscow Ballet] masters like these, ballet seems effortless, elegant, and easy,” Rob Hubbard, Twin Cities Daily Planet, Minneapolis. Litvinov choreographed the new production drawing from his experiences dancing for legendary Yuri Grigorovich and modernist Radu Poklitaru. The production features all new opulent costumes designed by nationally renowned expert and Moscow Ballet Resident Designer Arthur Oliver and hand-painted sets created in the style of the Italian Renaissance in one of St Petersburg’s oldest theatrical shops. The company of nearly 40 dancers are award-winning professionals, and the principals are acclaimed by press and public alike.
“New Horizons” cultural immersion with Olga Aru in Rochester NY
Moscow Ballet’s Olga Aru visits St Rita School and Holy Cross School children in Rochester NY. Audition Director and Soloist Olga led “New Horizon” cultural immersion classes with the Rochester children including movement, Russian language and traditions, and art projects. Olga Aru and 3 more Audition Directors travel to tour cities in September and October auditioning local dancers for the Dance with Us program meeting with school children, visiting hospitals, and getting to know the community before the full company arrives to perform the Great Russian Nutcracker in November and December!
Moscow Ballet’s “New Horizons – A Children’s Program for Life” is a cultural immersion opportunity for school children providing personal role modeling with the highly trained Russian dancer as well as movement class, Russian language and culture sessions, and a world class performance experience. Across the nation the need to address children’s physical, nutritional and creative health is great and immediate. Recent studies report that children nationwide spend close to 25% of their waking hours in front of an electronic screen and 49% are overweight. Moscow Ballet has 40 years experience presenting children’s programming. The Moscow Ballet dancers are of the highest caliber in the world and are happy to share their expertise. Akin to teenagers shaking the hand of the president, so too can “New Horizons” affirm and inspire young minds and bodies to a great future for themselves and their community.
Moscow Ballet Testimonials
Patron“I just wanted to say that the performance I saw in 2014 in Asheville NC was the highlight of my Christmas celebration, the best gift of all. I was "enchanted" with it. Thanks for all your hard work.” Jan Harvey
Patron“The holidays are upon us and I can't think of a better way to get in the holiday spirit than to go see the Great Russian Nutcracker. Each year the Moscow Ballet hits the road to perform its delightful version of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker score, bringing to life Father Christmas (Ded Moroz), Snow Maiden (Snegurochka), the Matrushka Dolls and a Russian Christmas puppet play, complete with 10-foot tall silk puppets. This is one performance you won't want to miss.” Diann Nichols
Moscow Ballet Host Dance Studio“The show was really wonderful. Each year the costumes get more exquisite in their details, the dancers more beautiful, the scenery more dazzling - it was great. Our young dancers received many compliments from the company, and everyone was friendly and congenial, from the wardrobe mistress and stage.” Owner Gwen London, Dallas
Musical Wunderkind Testimony“It truly was a wonderful experience for the kids. Most of them had never seen an entire Nutcracker production, and the ones who had, had never seen a professional production. It was excellent. Their parents were thrilled with the performance and very proud of our kids. So I thank the Moscow Ballet for this opportunity. It is a good collaboration to offer young people.” Artistic Director Diane Simons, South Bay Chlidren's Choir, Los Angeles
"INVEST at Russell Sage Colleges in Troy, New York, is honored to partner with Moscow Ballet as an Artist-Entrepreneur in residence within the Esteves Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The combined creative and innovative vision of Moscow Ballet and INVEST will allow for wonderful possibilities for the growth of Moscow Ballet North America." www.sage.edu/invest 'In dreams begins responsibility.' - W.B. Yeats
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