(Berkshires, MA) April 25, 2017 – The one and only Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker and classic Swan Lake celebrate 25 years of touring North America bringing world renowned Russian ballets to appreciative audiences in mega cities and small towns. The “2017 Peace and Puppets Tour” features Moscow Ballet’s singular “Dove of Peace” character created by 2 dancers moving as one bird and the company’s whimsical use of puppets of all sizes to represent the 5 major heritages of the world, all to the delight of audience members at performances of the Great Russian Nutcracker.
For Immediate Release
Announcing Moscow Ballet’s “Peace and Puppets”
25th Anniversary Tour of Great Russian Nutcracker and Swan Lake coast to coast across North America
The New York Times, “Expansive… elegantly generous”
Contact: Sally Michael Keyes 413-499-1733 x21 [email protected]
(Berkshires, MA) April 25, 2017 – The one and only Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker and classic Swan Lake celebrate 25 years of touring North America bringing world renowned Russian ballets to appreciative audiences in mega cities and small towns. The “2017 Peace and Puppets Tour” features Moscow Ballet’s singular “Dove of Peace” character created by 2 dancers moving as one bird and the company’s whimsical use of puppets of all sizes to represent the 5 major heritages of the world, all to the delight of audience members at performances of the Great Russian Nutcracker. In 2017 the company premieres a flying Dove of Peace puppet ,and more birds, commissioned by award-winning and internationally renowned South African PuppeteerRoger Titley, “I am so excited to bring my puppets to Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker. Every creature that we build has a special place in my heart, especially the Dove of Peace.” Puppets such as Elephants hatching from eggs for IBM, a crocodile that loses its teeth for Toyota, BBC’s Walking with Caveman series and the Flying Ostrich for Microsoft, are just some of the award-winning works that Roger is involved in. Stacey Gannon, Executive Director of Saginaw’s Temple Theatre, shares, “Temple Theatre is pleased to present Moscow Ballet’s 25th Anniversary Great Russian Nutcracker “Peace and Puppets Tour” this November 5. Not only is the dancing world class, so are the production values and the Community Engagement programs, New Horizons, Dance with Us and a Russian Tea Party with a Ballerinac combine to make the visit to Saginaw like a family homecoming. Spasiba Moscow Ballet.” The tour is recognized for its award-winning Principal Dancers and company of almost 40 performing extraordinary leaps, spins, and more moves to Tchaikovsky’s complete Nutcracker Suite score. The lavish hand-sewn costumes, designed by Arthur Oliver and created in one of the oldest costume shops in Russia; intricately nuanced backdrops created by “La La Land’ Set Concept Designer Carl Sprague; and the distinct Russian focus including life-sized Matryoshka Dolls, appearances of folk legends Ded Moroz (Father Christmas) and Snegurochka (Snow Maiden) and Troika Sleigh, make the performance an experience of a lifetime memory. Tickets for 2017 are available at www.nutcracker.com .
For twenty-five years Moscow Ballet has been consistently embraced by audiences and the press on their North American tours. “Moscow Ballet drew nearly a full house opening night...to all performers, we say Bolshoi Spasiba. Big thanks!” The Post Standard, Syracuse, 1993. "Whimsical ideas... charming tone...Tatiana Predenia…set the standard as an assured ballerina with vibrant classical style and perfect body placement, dynamically danced,” Anna Kisselgoff, The New York Times, 2002. “The Russian ballet style is expansive… elegantly generous,” Chief Dance Critic Alastair Macaulay, The New York Times, 2010. “Karyna Shatkovskaya… [showed] faultless mastery of the steps and a floating jump. Vladimir Tkachenko …contributed bravura expertise. Nobody out-danced Sergi Kotov as Fritz and the Chinese male. Virtually every passage confirmed his brilliance,” Lewis Segal, Los Angeles Times, 2013. “Nazarkhevich and Batalov...danced the Land of Snow pas de deux and the Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier, and in sterling style. Costumes and drops were sumptuous,” Eric Harrison, Arkansas Democrat Gazette, 2016. The Principal Dancers receive accolades, “Danced exquisitely by...Ekaterina Bortiakova, her technical prowess, especially in her footwork and turns, coupled with an endearing smile and girlish innocence, was…truly great," from Cleveland Plain Dealer. Canada’s Stephan Bonfield, Calgary Herald, writes, “Great Russian Nutcracker …resplendently detailed, colourful production…technically supreme dancing, dazzling moments, authentically opulent and beautifully detailed costumes.”
Moscow Ballet – 2017 marks Moscow Ballet’s 25th consecutive year touring North America performing the acclaimed story ballets the Great Russian Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella and more. The company is known for presenting award-winning Ballerinas and Danseurs, from Lilia Sabitova in 1994 to Honored Artist of Russia Tatiana Predenia in 2002 to Andrey Batalov, former Principal Danseur with the Mariinsky Theatre in 2016. The company performs more than 100 engagements annually across Canada and the United States’ to sell-out audiences in the some of the finest performing arts venues. In addition to public performances, Moscow Ballet’s North America tours have always included community engagement programs. “Dance with Us” shares the Russian Vaganova ballet training with over 6000 American dance students annually bringing them on stage in ancillary roles to perform side-by-side with the professionals. Underwritten by Moscow Ballet, the program was developed by choreographer and co-producer Mary Giannone Talmi. “New Horizons – A Children’s Program for Life” is a cultural immersion program benefitting thousands of children across the country annually and Musical Wunderkind also connects the Russian dancers directly with American children and young adults. In addition, many Moscow Ballet performances have a fund-raising component for organizations such as hospitals, children’s museums and more. www.moscowballet.com.
Talmi Entertainment- is the exclusive representation for Moscow Ballet’s North American Tours which occur annually in more than 100 cities, from NYC to LA, and Miami to Calgary. Under Talmi Entertainment management Moscow Ballet delivers unparalleled Russian artistry in the classic story ballets Great Russian Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Swan Lake and more. Talmi Entertainment was founded by award-winning Juilliard School alumnus, composer, conductor and producer, Akiva Talmi. www.talmientertainment.com