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Moscow Ballet and the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra Pair Up For Unprecedented Commonwealth Tour

Moscow Ballet and the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra Pair Up For Unprecedented Commonwealth Tour



(Lexington, Ky.)November 4, 2014Moscow Ballet and University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra have choreographed a unique pas de deux, of sorts, for a three-city Kentucky tour of the Great Russian Nutcracker.  When Moscow Ballet’s 70-plus city tour stops in Paducah, Bowling Green and Lexington, the performances will be set to live music and played by student members of the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, a first in the Commonwealth. Fifty-five up-and-coming musicians and 40 internationally touring Moscow Ballet dancers will pair for the staging of this holiday classic and usher it to life. This is a pilot program for a national launch and couples for the first time a full student orchestra and internationally touring ballet company bringing audiences the full performance experience. 

“Performing Tchaikovsky's ballet, The Nutcracker, with a major professional ballet company will be a rare and special treat and challenge for our students.  Our students are very excited to meet and work with the Russian dancers, who are their same ages, and who, like our students, are deeply involved in being excellent in their art form,” said John Nardodillo, UK Symphony Orchestra’s conductor. 

“Moscow Ballet is a top-level educational experience for student dancers and it’s only fitting for us to invite musicians to participate,” said Akiva Talmi, CEO of Talmi Entertainment, Inc., producer of the US Tour. “This is such a treat for Kentucky audiences since full orchestras rarely travel with a touring production.”

Paducah performance - Monday, November 17, at 7:00 pm at Carson Center, 100 Kentucky Avenue. Tickets: (270) 450-4444

Lexington performance - Tuesday, November 18, at 7:00 pm at Singletary Center for the Arts405 Rose St, Lexington. Tickets: (859) 257-1706 and

Bowling Green performance - Wednesday, November 19, at 7:00 pm at Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center, SKyPAC, 601 College Street, Bowling Green.  Tickets: (270) 904-1880 and

Moscow Ballet- In addition to the Great Russian Nutcracker, Moscow Ballet repertory includes classic 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 including in a majority of the top twenty demographic markets. Moscow Ballet has received critical acclaim from media outlets and was invited to present at 2 National Press Club Newsmaker events.   In addition to the public performances, the company’s mission and national platform enables it to share the Russian Vaganova training with over 5000 local dance students annually in the “Dance with Us”program. “New Horizons - A Children’s Program for Life”is an intensive cultural immersion project that benefits thousands of school children and on-going programs Musical Wunderkind, Master Classes and Summer Intensives also touch the lives of many more children and young adults. Moscow Ballet’s partnership with corporations and not-for-profit organizations such as the President’s Challenge Program, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, and Capezio over the past 20 years has raised awareness of and revenue for their significant missions and causes.

University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of John Nardolillo, was formed in 1918 by Carl Lampert, composer of the UK Fight Song and Alma Mater. Over the last century, the orchestra has built a tradition of performing major symphonic masterworks. The orchestra also performs regularly with the UK Opera Theatre, which presents several fully staged productions each season. This concert season, the orchestra will give more than 20 performances for an audience of more than 40,000 people and for thousands more on television in Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio. The orchestra program attracts students from the state of Kentucky, throughout the U.S., and around the world. These highly skilled young performers regularly go on to complete graduate studies at top conservatories, and graduates of the UK School of Music perform in some of the world’s most prestigious orchestras.


Armed Services Personnel & Family Receive Discounted Tickets to Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker in over 70 Cities!

Armed Services Personnel & Family Receive Discounted Ticketsto Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker in over 70 Cities!






(Berkshires, MA) Oct 9, 2014 – America’s armed forces of active and inactive personnel, and their families, are invited to experience the holiday tradition of Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker at discounted prices. U.S. Military save up to $12.50 per ticket to the Great Russian Nutcracker in most cities on the 70+ city U.S. tour. See the proud Nutcracker Prince save heroine Masha as he battles the Evil Rat King in the spectacular Great Russian Nutcracker! Celebrate the beloved Christmas story with the whole family as 40 world-class Russian artists bring the charming classic to life. The New York Times raves “Knock Out!” and “Bravura Expertise,” from the L.A. Times.  All ages enjoy the magic of larger than-life-puppets, 5 story tall growing Christmas Tree, falling snow, and the extraordinary moves of the Moscow Ballet dancers. For Moscow Ballet Military Discount present ID at the theater box office up to 24 hours prior to performance. (Discount cannot be combined with other offers or discounts; there are no discounts on VIP and Platinum tickets. New this year, TicketMaster offers military discount “Gov-X” in some cities on the tour)) See complete tour list below.

Great Russian Nutcrackeroriginally directed and choreographed by Bolshoi Theatre soloist Stanislav Vlasov in 1993, debuted to rave reviews from the press which continues to this day. For over 20 years the tour expanded from 8 to 80+ cities across North America with two simultaneously performing troupes of 40 Russian dancers each. The Great Russian Nutcracker is unique among Nutcracker ballets because it features Russian culture throughout including folk legends Father Christmas (Ded Moroz) and Snow Maiden (Snegurochka), life-sized Matrushka Dolls, Russian Troika Sleigh and 2-dancer “Dove of Peace” bringing Masha and Nutcracker Prince to the “Land of Peace and Harmony” in Act II.  The company also performs Swan LakeRomeo and JulietSleeping Beauty and other story ballets. In Moscow Ballet’s “Dance with Us” program, local student dancers audition in most cities on the tour performing ancillary roles side-by-side with Russian professionals.

Talmi Entertainmentis the exclusive North American representation for Moscow Ballet which performs annually in more than seventy cities from NYC to LA and San Juan to Calgary. Under Talmi Entertainment management Moscow Ballet delivers unparalleled Russian artistry in the classic ballets Romeo and Juliet, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Swan Lake and more.  Talmi Entertainment also produces Circus Electronica, Glasnost Festival, Art Decade and more. With the fall of the Iron Curtain, Talmi Entertainment presented the “International Glasnost Tours” in the US out of which grew the annual Great Russian Nutcracker tours. “Glasnost” featured highlights from the great ballets and the newest contemporary dance from Russia performed byVadim Bondar, Svetlana Smirnova and Tatiana Chernobrovkina from Stanislavsky Ballet; Alexei Malykin Bolshoi Ballet; Vladimir Kim and Margarita Kullick Kirov Ballet; Stanislav Fecho and Prima Ballerina Jana Kurova of the National Ballet of Czechoslovakia; Maria Ivanova and Andrei Glazsheider of the Stanislavski and Demirovich Theatres. Talmi Entertainment was founded by award-winning Juilliard School alumnus, composer, conductor and producer, Akiva Talmi



Fedir Zarodyshev


Fedir Zarodyshev

Fedir, a native of Kiev Ukraine, graduated from the highly esteemed Kiev State School of Ballet and Choreography under the teacher S. Lahtionovin 2011. Since then he has danced at the Kiev Municipal Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre for Children and Youth, and from his first year there he has danced as Soloist.

Fedir is a participant of different tours around the world with the Kiev Theatre and as guest artist with other ballet companies. He is premiering with Moscow Ballet in the 2014 World Peace tour to over 80 North American cities.He has already toured to Spain, Italy, Switzerland, France, Germany, Romania, Hungary, Japan and more in his three years as professional ballet danseur. Fedir’s repertoire as principal danseur in many of the classic ballet tradition is remarkable for his young age. In Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake he performs as Ziegfried the Prince, evil Rothbard, and in the pas-de-trois of the Spanish Dance; in Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker he dances Nutcracker Prince, Rat King, and the French Variation; in Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty he dances Prince Desire, the Blue Bird Variation and Prince Fortune; In Romeo and Juliet he dances lead roles Romeo and Paris. Other repertory includes Chopiniana (Les Sylphides) as the Youth; Pavlovsky’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarves as the Prince and Game Keeper; Shevchenko’s Barmaley and Aibolit as Captain; Rusinova’s Thumbelina as Elf Prince and others.



Ballet Methods Around the World

There are many schools of ballet instruction around the world specializing in different training methods and some of the most renowned ballet methods are named after their founders. In Russia, for example, the most used method is the Vaganova, named after ballerina and teacher Agrippina Vaganova; in Italy there is the Enrico Cecchetti Method and another popular European methodology was developed by August Bournonville from Denmark.
The Bournonville method is still practiced by the Royal Danish Ballet. The Bournonville School is based on a special type of small-technique with pas or footwork, and requires hands to be minimally involved in dance, both in contrast to the Russian tradition. This method significantly developed techniques for male classical dancing and much attention is paid to jumps (especially, entrechats). Bournonville developed a strict set of lessons for each day of the week. Bournonville lessons all end with a variation for both male and female dancers. The Italian school of thought, Checchetti Method, develops strong skills in dynamic rotations and sharp stops, whereas the corresponding movements of the arms, body, legs and feet show confidence and expression. Checchetti also had a daily lesson plan. Each lesson included specific exercises that were gradually modified. The success of the Checchetti method is proven by the high skill of the Italian dancers, who are able to do the most difficult pas (for example, 32 tours fouettes). Checchetti Method became the base for Frederick Ashton's, founder of the English ballet style. Another well-known English choreographer, Kenneth Macmillan, adopted and further developed the Checchetti method. 
Agrippina Vaganova was originally trained in the Checchetti method and always held deep respect for it. Vaganova’s pedagogical method was developed at the beginning of 20th century and she used the best features of both the Italian and French Ballet Schools. Her method requires correct training of the body and precise coordination in dance. Vaganova emphasized work of the hands, seeking expressiveness, and required energetic turns and jumps. The Vaganova Method had also tremendous impact on the development of male dance: “steel aplomb” is part of Vaganova’s style. She introduced in exercise various new fouettes, pivots, and other movements based on body turns. Therefore, special attention was paid to “epaulement” or shoulder placement and orientation. The Vaganova method works with the harmony of the dancers movements and the complete mastery of virtuoso ballet technique. Vaganova never considered her method as the end result and always welcomed further development of choreography. In recent years, due to expansion of cultural relations, new potential has emerged for international exchange of creative experiences in the field of choreographic education. 

Alisa Voronova



Alisa Voronova

Born in Kyiv, Ukraine, Alisa Voronova was accepted to and graduated from the famous Kiev State School of Choreography which has also produced ballet superstar Svetlana Zakharova, now soloist with the Bolshoi Ballet, and many more.  Voronova received a diploma from the International Ballet Competition “Youth in the Ballet” in Kiev 3 years prior to graduating from ballet school and was participant of the International Ballet Festival “World Ballet Stars” in the Grand Pas contest in Donetsk, Ukraine.

Shortly after graduation from Kiev State School of Choreography, she was invited to become soloist of Ukraine’s historic Donetsk Opera and Ballet Theatre and has also performed for Kiev Municipal Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre for Children and Youth, quickly being promoted to the rank of soloist.

Voronova’s repertoire includes principal roles in the greatest classical ballets including Masha in The Nutcracker; Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty; Juliet in Romeo and Juliet;  Cinderella in Cinderella; 7th Valse, Prelude, and 11th Valse inLes Sylphides; Snow White in Snow White and Seven Dwarfs and more. In addition to full length ballets she enjoys performing her concert repertoire with classical and contemporary choreography. Voronova performs internationally in Great Britain, Germany, Japan, France, Italy, Swiss, Portugal, Spain, Canada and the US.



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