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(Berkshires, MA) May 18, 2016 – Announcing the New and Limited Edition Premiere of “Kissy Doll” and more one-of-a-kind gifts from Moscow Ballet in 2016! The holidays, traditionally a time of family gatherings and joyful gift giving, is also the time to see Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker in performances from coast to coast in November and December each year. Classic Great Russian Nutcracker characters such as the young Masha, Nutcracker Prince and Rat King, Uncle Drosselmeyer’s life-sized, magical Kissy Doll and Harlequinn, come to life for children (and adults!) through Moscow Ballet’s Gift Store.
The inaugural Limited Edition Kissy Doll is 18” tall and wears a copy-cat version of the one-of-a-kind Ribbon-Candy Tutu created for Moscow Ballet by American Designer Dennis Ballard. For those who love a good cuddle, the plush toy Valentin the Bear has 2 new friends: “Valentina the Ballerina” in a Waltz of Flowers costume and the handsome “Nikolai Nutcracker Prince.” Also new are the Rat King, Prince and Harlequinn Nutcrackers which are 10” tall, hold a sword, scepter or jester wand, and are made of wood with golden, hand-painted details. All ages will enjoy other new Moscow Ballet branded items too including the Great Russian Nutcracker Audio book featuring the voice of Broadway veteran James Warwick with added bonus of Oscar Wilde’s Wilde delightful story “The Selfish Giant;” 3 inch in diameter, hand-painted ornamental globes featuring Moscow Ballet scenes; Russian Nesting Dolls also painted with Great Russian Nutcracker scenes; Moscow Ballet branded tote bag, t-shirts, posters and more. NEW Items are available at kiosk stores in the 2016 venue lobbies on the tour and www.nutcracker.com/merchandise.
The 30+ page book consists of all new, glossy color images from Moscow Ballet performances! The perfect gift for ballet lovers, chapters include the Great Russian Nutcracker with full page images of all of the favorite moments of the acclaimed Christmas ballet; Moscow Ballet Repertory with never-before published images of the classic ballets that the company performs; and Behind-the-Scene and Community Programs images, all with a soft cover. $25
Introducing the “Read with Us” program from Moscow Ballet!A children’s audio book series featuring the voice of Broadway Actor James Warwick, Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker audio storybook is based on the original Nutcracker story by E.T.A. Hoffman, with elements of Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker tale. This is the perfect winter story for readers of any age, children and adults alike! Added bonus is Oscar Wilde’s “The Selfish Giant” also read by James Warwick, is a heartfelt story of a giant that brings joy to children. $20
Moscow Ballet’s celebrated Great Russian Nutcracker performs in 41 of 50 US states from November 8 through December 30. Direct from Russia, the classic Great Russian Nutcracker entertains the whole family at Christmas with the exceptional dancing of a company of almost 40, 60-foot growing Christmas tree, hand-made costumes designed by Arthur Oliver, and sets that are hand-painted in Russia and designed by multi-Academy Award nominee Carl Sprague. Moscow Ballet consistently garners critical acclaim and the production is known for its dedication to world peace: naming Act II the “Land of Peace and Harmony;” featuring a rose shooting cannon, and a stunning 2-person “Dove of Peace” with a 20’ wingspan. For Platinum Experience; Gold Circle Gift Package; and single tickets go to www.nutcracker.com/buy-tickets.
Moscow Ballet–2016 is the company’s 24th consecutive year touring North America. In addition to the popular Great Russian Nutcracker, company repertory includes classic ballets Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella and more. The company features award-winning and rising star dancers, from Lilia Sabitova in 1994 to Alisa Voronova in 2014. The company performs 100+ engagements annually across Canada and in most of the United States’ largest cities consistently receiving critical acclaim. In addition to public performances, Moscow Ballet dedicates resources to community engagement programs. The 23 year Dance with Us program shares the Russian Vaganova ballet training with over 5000 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. The intensive cultural immersion project “New Horizons – A Children’s Program for Life” benefits thousands of school children in tour cities and programs Musical Wunderkind and Summer Intensivesalso touch the lives of many children and young adults. Moscow Ballet’s partnerships with corporations and not-for-profit organizations such as the President’s Challenge Program and Children’s Hospitals, has raised significant revenue. www.moscowballet.com.
Talmi Entertainment is the exclusive North American representation for Moscow Ballet which performs annually in more than eighty cities from NYC to LA, and Miami to Calgary. Under Talmi Entertainment management Moscow Ballet delivers unparalleled Russian artistry in the classic ballets Great Russian Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Swan Lake and more. Upon the fall of the Iron Curtain in the former Soviet Union, Talmi Entertainment presented the “International Glasnost Tours” featuring leading prima ballerinas form several Soviet countries and out of which grew the annual Great Russian Nutcracker tours. “Glasnost” featured highlights from the great ballets and the newest contemporary choreography. The dancers included Vadim Bondar, Svetlana Smirnova and Tatiana Chernobrovkina from Stanislavsky Ballet; Alexei Malykin Bolshoi Ballet; Vladimir Kim and Margarita Kullick Kirov (now Mariinsky) 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.