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Moscow Ballet announces new 20th Anniversary production of acclaimed Great Russian Nutcracker - tickets on sale across the country

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Moscow Ballet announces new 20th Anniversary production of acclaimed Great Russian Nutcracker - tickets on sale across the country

Great Russian Nutcracker’s new “Dove of Peace” celebrates 20 years of soaring holiday spirit! usitmov and a. elagina in the grand pas de deux of the great russian nutcracker.jpg  

Moscow Ballet’s A. Ustimov and A. Elagina

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(Berkshires, MA) April 20, 2012 –Moscow Ballet announces new 20th Anniversary production of the acclaimed Great Russian Nutcracker. The production includes unique new “Dove of Peace” choreography in which 2 dancers become one soaring bird. The new choreography is inspired by work of Stanislov Vlasov, former Bolshoi Ballet dancer and choreographer/ballet master of Moscow Ballet’s inaugural 1993 Great Russian Nutcracker. The 20th Anniversary production also features a Christmas tree that grows to 7 stories tall; falling snow and Troika sleigh escorted by Russian folk characters Ded Moroz (Father Christmas) and Snegurochka (Snow Maiden) to their Ice Palace in the Land of Peace and Harmony; 200 all new, hand-sewn costumes designed by Shakespearean designer Arthur Oliver; and more.

20 years of touring features acclaimed and award-winning Russian ballerinas and danseurs from choreographer, balletmaster and former Bolshoi soloist Stanislov Vlasov and partner Lilia Sabitova, People’s Artist of Russia, in 1993; to former Bolshoi Ballet dancer Marina Alexandrova and Vitaly Zabelin in 1996; IBC Gold Medalists Dmitri Dmitriev and Anna Dorosh in 1997; danseur, Perm graduate and upstart choreographer Anatolie Emelianov and Honored Artist of Russia Tatiana Predenia in 2002; Varna IBC Gold Medalists Cristina and Alexei Terentiev in 2009; acclaimed by the press Alexandra Elagina and Anatolie Ustimov in 2010 and award winning Karyna Shatkovskaya and Vladimir Tkachenko in 2011. Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker continues to present the best in ballet and Russian culture for audiences in cities large and small in 48 states. For 20 years ballet novices and aficionados; family members from the youngest to the most senior; and from New York to California and Syracuse to San Antonio have returned again and again to see 40 striking Russian dancers bring the holiday classic to life. Look for coming announcement of this year’s principal artists. For more information go to for the 2012 tour are on sale in many cities now:

The Great Russian Nutcracker production continues to develop and re-create the classic holiday story. Exclusive to Moscow Ballet, Act I Grand Pas de Deux, usually performed by the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier, is performed by Moscow Ballet principals as Masha and Nutcracker Prince, as well as Act II’s Final Pas de Deux. Sets have evolved from the original, innovative “Comedia del Arte” scroll of backdrops in 1993 to the 9 current Russian hand-painted backgrounds set in a home in Moscow and the Land of Peace and Harmony. Special effects such as rose shooting cannons, fanciful “horses” in the battle scene and Troika-inspired Russian sleigh for Masha and her Nutcracker Prince abound in this production. Costumes are created in Russia and over the years key roles were developed by international designers such as American Dennis Ballard who created the exclusive Kissy Doll candy-ribbon skirt and international costume designer Olga Dumova who created Ded Moroz and Snegurochka characters. The performance is performed to Pytor Tchaikovsky’s complete Nutcracker Suite score performed by the Moscow Festival Orchestra and recorded specifically for Moscow Ballet at the tempo appropriate for ballet.

Akiva Talmi Presents Inc. (ATP) is the exclusive North American representation for Moscow Ballet which tours annually to sixty+ cities across the US and Canada. ATP was founded by award-winning Juilliard alumnus, composer, conductor and theatrical producer, Akiva Talmi.  ATP produced the “Cynthia Gregory Celebration Tour” with Nancy Reagan as Honorary Chair; “From the Top” PBS TV special featuring NYCB’s Violette Verdy and Itzhak Perlman, “Alexander Godunov” national tour and more.

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