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Announcing Moscow Ballet’s 20th Anniversary production of acclaimed Great Russian Nutcracker – AAA members receive discounts

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Announcing Moscow Ballet’s 20th Anniversary production of acclaimed Great Russian Nutcracker... AAA members receive discounts!

Great Russian Nutcracker’s new “Dove of Peace” celebrates 20 years of soaring holiday spirit!

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Moscow Ballet’s A. Ustimov and A. Elagina

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(Berkshires, MA) April 24, 2012AAA members are invited to Moscow Ballet’s 20th Anniversary production of the acclaimed Great Russian Nutcracker and to save on tickets, too! The 20th anniversary production includes new “Dove of Peace” choreography in which 2 dancers become one soaring bird – a feat that must be seen to be believed. The 20th Anniversary production also features a Christmas tree that grows 7 stories tall; falling snow and Troika sleigh escorted by Russian folk characters Ded Moroz (Father Christmas) and Snegurochka (Snow Maiden); 200 all new, hand-sewn costumes and more all performed to the recording of Tchaikovsky’s complete Nutcracker Suite score performed by the Moscow Festival Orchestra exclusively for Moscow Ballet. The company is acclaimed by the press: “Kids…wide-eyed with delight.” New York Times; “Sheer splendor" Baltimore Sun; “Breathtaking…awe-inspiring” Charleston Today; “Aristocratic finesse” Plain Dealer; “Crystalline dancing” Dallas Morning News; and “Eye-popping emissary for the [ballet] form” Minneapolis-St Paul Pioneer Press. Show your AAA membership card at the theatre box office and save up to $12.50 per ticket to Great Russian Nutcracker performances across the US. To find a performance near you visit www.nutcracker.com/buy-tickets/special-offers. (The Great Russian Nutcracker is performed in cities across the US) Offer valid for select seats.

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.

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 as 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 in 1993 and international costume designer Olga Dumova who created Ded Moroz and Snegurochka characters. 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.

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. www.akivatalmipresents.com.

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