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Nov 17, 2011 - Moscow Ballet announces change of date and time for Great Russian Nutcracker performance in Kamloops B.C. to Friday, November 18, 6pm

Moscow Ballet announces change of date and time for Great Russian Nutcracker performance in Kamloops B.C. to Friday, November 18, 6pm
Due to severe weather and closed roads on the tour

Moscow Ballet’s Elagina and Ustimov


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(Berkshires, MA) Nov 17, 2011The date and time of Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker Kamloops performance at the Plaza Theatre has been changed to Friday November 18 at 6pm due to severe weather and road closings on the tour route. (The original date and time was today Thursday Nov 17 at 7:30pm.)

Alexandra Elagina and Anatolie Ustimov make their debut in the Western Tour as Masha (aka Clara) and the Nutcracker Prince. These award-winning stars, and a corps of thirty some impeccably trained Russian dancers, performed the beloved Christmas story to critical acclaim in 2010 on the Eastern Tour; “Thrilling, expansive and elegant” NY Times; “Aristocratic finesse” Plain Dealer. Set to Tchaikovsky’s famous score, Moscow Ballet’s production features 200 lavish costumes, larger-than-life Russian puppets and 9 hand-painted backdrops that are embellished with 3-D effects – a must see for the whole family! 2011 marks Moscow Ballet’s 19th annual Great Russian Nutcracker tour to 60+ cities across North America. Ballet Master Andre Litvinov, from the Chisinau State Opera and Ballet Theatre in Moldova, is Laureate of the International Ballet Competition (IBC) Romania, 1996; Grigorovich IBC 2000; Danovsky IBC, and the Diagelev Prize. To purchase tickets call the box office 270-450-4444.

About the Performance - Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker tells the beloved Christmas story of the girl who falls in love with a Nutcracker Prince – with Russian flair. Praised by the NY Times as “thrilling and expansive,” the 40 impeccably trained Russian dancers leap, spin and lunge bringing the traditional story to life. The Act I Christmas party enchants with its magical toys, evil Mouse King and a journey through the glittering Snow Forest. Unique to the Great Russian Nutcracker, Russian folk characters Father Christmas and the Snow Maiden escort Masha (aka Clara) to the Land of Peace and Harmony in Act II where she and the Nutcracker Prince are honored by emissaries from heritages the world over; African, Russian, Asian, European and Hispanic. Set to Pytor Tchaikovsky’s famous score, Moscow Ballet’s production features lavish costumes, nine hand-painted backdrops with 3-D ornamentation and fanciful, larger-than-life puppets designed by Russian puppet master Valentin Federov. A must see show for everyone in the family this holiday season!

Akiva Talmi Presents Inc. founded Moscow Ballet which is known for its annual, touring Great Russian Nutcracker and full-length productions of the classic story-ballets; Swan Lake, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and others. Created by award-winning Juilliard alumnus, composer/conductor and theatrical producer, Akiva Talmi, the organization evolved out of Talmi’s all-star Russian "Glasnost Festival Tour" (1986-92). Moscow Ballet made its debut in 1993 with the Great Russian Nutcracker which was directed and choreographed by soloist Stanislav Vlasov of the famous Bolshoi Theater. In 1994, Moscow Ballet invited the Moscow State Theatre of Natalia Sats, and the theatre's full orchestra, to expand the company to an 88-artist tour which was billed as the "19th Century Classical Nutcracker." In 2003, Anatoly Emelianov, then an upstart choreographer and winner of the Diagelev award, restaged the Great Russian Nutcracker to critical acclaim. Moscow Ballet continues to feature award-winning principals and top graduates of Perm, Vaganova, Moscow State Academic Choreographic and Kiev schools.

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