She began her career at the “Kremlin Palace of Congresses” in 1994. The modern building is sleek, adorned simply with marble, with nearly half of it (17 metres) submerged underground. The main hall holds 6,000 people and is the venue of the Kremlin Ballet. The Bolshoi Theatre performed there while its historic building was under repair. Nekhludova later joined the Russian National Ballet in 1996.
Nekhludova has also been a ballet teacher and private tutor since 2000 and most recently has managed ballet tours in Russia and internationally. She brings the best ballet training in the world with her as she manages Moscow Ballet’s historic 20th Anniversary North American tour.
Oliver created a complete new wardrobe of costumes in recognition of the 20th Anniversary year of the Great Russian Nutcracker—notably, the Rat King and Mice costumes are inspired by the surreal, dark, and fantastic art of Bosch and Brueghel. Oliver designed costumes for Moscow Ballet’s full-length Romeo and Juliet which premiered in 2011.
Oliver’s work is consistently recognized by top publications... the Boston Globe says, “sumptuous costumes;” Wall Street Journal raves, “richly wrought and resplendent costumes;” CurtainUp writer Elyse Sommer calls Oliver's work, “spectacularly stunning;” and the NY Times raves, “a resplendent tableau of the…royal court, in sumptuous costumes.”
(Costume sketches by Arthur Oliver)
(Pictured left: Valentin Fedorov amid his puppet creations.)
Fedorov has been art director at the Chuvashia State Theatre of Opera and Ballet since 1988, where he has designed more than 40 productions for opera and ballet to critical acclaim. Chuvash, a mostly rural province in the middle of the country has a centuries-old history of puppetry. Fedorov’s fanciful sets and unique 6-foot tall “stick” puppets add to the whimsical and imaginative storytelling that sets Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker apart from others.
Moscow Ballet Producer Akiva Talmi raves, “Valentin brings his love of life into his puppets and even into his backdrops by adding treats for the eye, such as angels with three dimensional trumpets, and paying homage to great Russian artists in the interior backdrop with the “painting” of the Russian Troika, the famous sleigh pulled by three horses abreast, which is practically a symbol of Russia.”