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Ava chats with Mother Stahlbaum and Audition Director Carolina Siscanu about Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker. She meets the Nutcracker, sees a puppet show and meets a Russian Bear! Courtesy of EyeOpenerTV.com
Moscow Ballet’s Moscow Ballet’s 2014 Dove of Peace Tour Deemed an Artistic Success
Moscow Ballet 2014 Dove of Peace Tour of the Great Russian Nutcracker, and Romeo and Juliet, to 87 North American cities deemed an artistic success! Highlights from the press include: [Ekaterina] Bortiakova and [Artem] Belov, as Masha and Nutcracker Prince, dance with powerful vibrancy and emotion,” D.C. Metro Theater and Arts and “Bortiakova's technical prowess, especially in her footwork and turns, coupled with an endearing smile and girlish innocence, was…truly "great," Cleveland Plain Dealer; “Good, precise dancing… well-trained cast,” New York Times. Principal dancers on the West Tour, “Alisa Voronova is a marvelously precise dancer…and the lithe Anatolie Ustimov is a spinning wonder,” Sioux City Journal; “Great Russian Nutcracker…technically supreme dancing,” Calgary Herald; “A truly excellent Snow Forest corps, a veritable highlight excelling in both synchrony and grace.”
The 2014 tour, dedicated to world peace, was the largest ever traveling to 80 cities in the U.S. and Canada, premiering in new cities Philadelphia and Miami and performing in 13 of the other top 20 DMAs. Moscow Ballet was honored to welcome Turkish Airlines as 2014 North American Sponsor. ~ Widen Your World with Turkish Airlines, Moscow Ballet Partner for 2014 North American Great Russian Nutcracker Tour. Turkish Airlines flies to 261 destinations and more countries than any other airline ~
New this year, the company and audiences enjoyed the Great Russian Nutcracker with orchestral accompaniment at performances in 3 states. Collegiate musicians created a rare, live ballet, performance experience and the pilot program is planned to include more tour cities in 2015. In 2014 the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, conducted by John Nardolillo, performed in Lexington, Bowling Green and Paducah, KY; Conductor Lee Mills and Concert Artists of Baltimore accompanied 3 performances at the Hippodrome in Baltimore; and Western Michigan University Orchestra, conducted by Bruce Uchimura, accompanied in Kalamazoo.
Moscow Ballet education programs “Dance with Us” and New Horizon’s directly impacted 4000 aspiring, American student artists this season. Over 3600 children participated in the “Dance with Us” program in which local student dancers perform side-by-side with professional company. Critics noted: “The inclusion of…local children in the ballet as part of Moscow Ballet's "Dance with Us" program was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for those dancers,” Cleveland Plain Dealer and “The Calgary children who successfully auditioned…should be congratulated for their very skilled and enthusiastic participation. It really brought the idea home that the Great Russian Nutcracker is a wonderful chance for children to be in a full-length production and experience first-hand an authentic Classical ballet from this uniquely Russian company of remarkable performers.” Calgary Herald.
Non-dancing children and adults also benefitted from Moscow Ballet’s New Horizon’s – A Children’s Program for Life in which specially trained Moscow Ballet ballerinas led cultural immersion activities, Russian language and movement classes, and behind-the-scenes peeks. In 2014 Olga Aru worked with children in private schools in Rochester NY, Mariia Skoruk worked with friends Texas Abilities Connections in El Paso, and Carolina Siscanu worked with Girl Scouts in Bowling Green.
Pre-professional American teen violinists open the Great Russian Nutcracker by accompanying Moscow Ballet principal ballerina in Saint Saen’s “Dying Swan” to the delight of audiences in 5 tour cities in Moscow Ballet’s unique Musical Wunderkind program. 2014 Wunderkind are: Michael Carlson in Butte, Sterling Elliot in Virginia Beach, Hae Sue Lee in Philadelphia, Jennifer Ahn in Wichita and Ben Nead in Tucson. Michael Carlson’s mother Kristina comments, “Such an amazing opportunity. Wunderkind is a great program…it makes a lovely connection between the community and the ballet.”
In 2014 four children’s choirs provided lovely live vocal accompaniment to Act I’s Waltz of the Snowflakes as written in Tchaikovsky’s score; Texas Children’s Choir in San Antonio, Gagie School Choir in Kalamazoo, South Bay Children’s Choir in Los Angeles and American Children’s Kodaly Choir in Baltimore.
Moscow Ballet Community Engagement is also offered through programs including Senior Wish of a Lifetime, bringing dancers and presents to young patients in children’s hospitals and partnering with community groups such as Kentucky’s Guess Anti-Bullying Foundation.
In September Moscow Ballet and INVEST at Russell Sage College presented a Creative Development Residency for Sage College students. The “Peace, War and Art – Spoken, Lived, Danced” CDR included a faculty panel, soloist Olga Aru performed “The Ravaged Face,” a dance inspired by Sylvia Plath’s poem and she spoke about her experience dancing in and being evacuated from Tahrir Square during the 2013 uprising. Dr. Thomas C. Keane, INVEST Director says, “The INVEST Interdisciplinary Speaker Series together with The Sage College’s programs in Creative Arts in Therapy; History and Society; Arts & Letters; Psychology; and the School of Management; were proud to host and participate in Moscow Ballet’s “Peace, War and Art – Spoken, Lived, Danced.”
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.
Meet Moscow Ballet’s 2014 Audition Directors
These award-winning, highly trained and beautiful dancers will travel to over 50 North American cities this fall auditioning aspiring ballerinas and danseurs (ages 6 to 16yrs) to perform side-by-side with the company of 40 professionals! Click here to find an audition near you.
Carolina Siscanu auditioned and was accepted at the National School of Ballet in Chisinau, Moldova at just nine years old! Carolina loves horses, walking on the beach and driving in Corvettes! Click for more.
Olga Aru is a rising star ballerina and was honored to participate in the United Nations UNESCO International Dance Council CID in Athens this July. She loves modern dance, rock climbing and traveling! Click for more.
Mariia Skoruk was awarded "Honorable Mention" at the Serge Lifar International Ballet Competition in Kiev and she graduated from the national ballet school with a “Diploma of Distinction” Click for more.
Olga Tchekacheva is a graduate of the prestigious Perm Ballet Academy and was a finalist in New York International Ballet Competition. She is described as performing with "appealing dynamics and personality,” Los Angeles Times. Click for more
Moscow Ballet premieres in hot Miami and cool Philadelphia!
Moscow Ballet is pleased to premiere the acclaimed Great Russian Nutcracker in Philadelphia, PA December 6th and in Miami, FL December 26th!
The company is honored to perform in Philadelphia, known for its long-standing appreciation of ballet and the arts. Musical Wunderkind Hae Sue Lee, a student of the Curtis Institute of Music, will open the performance accompanying the principal ballerina in Saint Saens “Dying Swan” – a sweet treat for the eyes and ears! Moscow Ballet’s performance at the historic Jackie Gleason Theater is also a first in Miami, a hotbed of ballet greats including protégés of Cuban Prima Ballerina Assoluta Alicia Alonso and Miami City Ballet, founded by American icon Edward Villella, the only American ever asked to dance an encore at the Bolshoi Theatre!
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MB blogger Elena asks, “Who exactly is ‘Agrippina Vaganova’?”
Moscow Ballet and almost all Russian dance companies study the Vaganova ballet method. Did you ever wonder how this method came to be and how is it different from other ballet methods? This renowned dance style has produced legendary dancers and choreographers including Anna Pavlova, Vaslav Nijinsky, George Balanchine, Rudolf Nureyev, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Natalia Makarova, Oleg Vinogradov, Yuri Grigorovich, Tatiana Predenia, Viktor Shcherbakov and Svetlana Zakharova, to name just a few.
MB blogger Elena is an expert in this area and she fills us in on dancer/paedagogue Agrippina Vaganova. Read all about her on the latest MB blog.
Look out for audition dates 2014! Find a Moscow Ballet Host Dance School in your city and sign-up for fall auditions
Check out Moscow Ballet Host Dance Studios which are presenting spring recitals right now!
Find the MB Host Dance Studio (scroll down and search by state) in Your City and get involved now to be prepared for Great Russian Nutcracker auditions in the fall. Many studios offer summer classes and some even have a “Nutcracker Bootcamp!”
Learn more about auditions and participating in Moscow Ballet's local performances : http://www.nutcracker.com/youth-auditions.
Student Dancers are invited to Audition and “Dance with Us” on Stage!
In addition to new cities on the 2014 Moscow Ballet North American tour, we are happy to introduce new Host Dance Studio partners in most cities which make the dream to perform in a professional production a reality for about 5000 young ballerinas/danseurs each year. Click to hear what Jennifer has to say about performing live with Moscow Ballet and click to find a Moscow Ballet audition near you (more are added all summer). Don’t have a dance lessons this summer? Moscow Ballet is an advocate for the President’s Challenge program which gives guidelines for everyone to get in shape.
Moscow Ballet Testimonials
“We saw the Nutcracker on December 7 and we are in love! Thank you so very much. It was beautiful, magical, and captivating.” - From Cleveland
“What a glorious performance of grace, technique, physical prowess, and amazing story. I totally immersed myself into the opulence and grandeur. It has been decades since I've felt the thrill of this kind of energy and joy of creativity!” - From Butte
“Thank you again for the opportunity to see the Moscow Ballet's performance. The young [student] dancers from Idaho Falls were SO excited to perform with the ballet company a number of them came up to be after the show and said their dreams came true tonight. It was such a pleasure to watch.” - From Idaho Falls News Anchor
“Thank you Moscow's Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker for your beauty, grace and elegance and precision and for sharing this with this old man. I am humbled and very grateful.” - From Little Rock
“We want to thank the Russian ballet for the opportunity provided our daughter as a Musical Wunderkind…[MB] provided her the opportunity to shine of which she took full advantage. Thank you.” - From Memphis
“I just wanted you to know I was thoroughly impressed [with Moscow Ballet]. Outstanding! Wow!” - From Bristol Communications General Manager
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