Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker features Russian fashion & traditions in 77 cities
Company of 40 perform Olympic-worthy leaps, lifts and lunges in each performance
(Berkshires, MA)June 26, 2013 –Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker brings holiday spirit and Russian tradition to life in 78 North American cities this season. The acclaimed and award-winning dancers perform Olympic-worthy leaps, lifts and lunges in the traditional holiday story. Exclusive to Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker, is a tribute to world peace in the character of the “Dove of Peace.” Two dancers become one Dove with a 20 foot wingspan (see 4th image above) which escorts Masha and Nutcracker Prince to the “Land of Peace and Harmony” (instead of usual “Land of Sweets”). The performance entertains families and balletomanes alike with its life-sized magical toys, falling snow, growing Christmas trees, and awe-inspiring moves. “Knock-out…elegantly generous,” says New York Times Chief Dance Criticand Minneapolis Star-Tribune, “Eye-popping …exceptional.” In addition to the large company of highly trained dancers, the production features time-honored Russian production values: 9 backdrops hand-painted with intricate detail, 3-D effects and reference to Russian culture by Valentin Federov; 200 new costumes created in St Petersburg’s oldest theatrical costume shop, hand-embellished with Swarovski crystals, and designed by Shakespearean expert Arthur Oliver; and Russian folk legends Ded Moroz (Father Christmas) with Snegurochka (Snow Maiden) leading Masha and Prince to the “Land of Peace and Harmony.” Moscow Ballet’s Christmas storycreates memories for a lifetime from New York City to Los Angeles, Chicago to Dallas and 74 more cities in between. www.nutcracker.com
Moscow Ballet - In addition to the Great Russian Nutcracker, company repertory includes time-honored Russian ballets Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella and more. For over twenty years the company has performed 100 engagements annually in North America in a majority of the top twenty demographic markets. The company’s mission and national platform enables it to share the renowned Vaganova training with over 5000 local dance students annually in the “Dance with Us” program. www.moscowballet.com.
Talmi Entertainment is the exclusive North American representation for Moscow Ballet which performs annually in seventy cities across the US and Canada. Under Talmi management Moscow Ballet has consistently delivered unparalleled Russian artistry and record sales for over 2 decades. The Moscow Ballet tours grew out of the Talmi’s “International Glasnost Tours” in the late 1980’s. Talmi Entertainment was founded by award-winning Juilliard School alumnus, composer, conductor and producer, Akiva Talmi.