2016 National Tour

Announcing 2016’s 24th Annual National Tour of Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker and Swan Lake

For Immediate Release

“Elegant, expansive,” New York Times 
“Virtuosity...fleet authority,” Los Angeles Times 
“Special touches… highlight is the Dove of Peace,Chicago Tribune
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 (Berkshires, MA) May 18, 2016 Announcing Moscow Ballet’s 24th season of the celebrated Great Russian Nutcracker and Swan Lake tour to U.S and Canadian cities from November 8 through December 30, 2016.Direct from Russia, the classic Great Russian Nutcracker will entertain the whole family this Christmas. Experience the exceptional dancing of a company of almost 40, a 60-foot growing Christmas tree, new and spectacular hand-made costumes by Resident Designer Arthur Oliver, and stunning sets hand-painted in Russia and designed by multi-Academy Award nominee Carl Sprague.

Moscow Ballet consistently garners critical acclaim for performances in cities from New York to Los Angeles, and Miami to Calgary. 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. Moscow Ballet also presents Swan Lake in 2016 staged by Ballet Master Vladimir Troschenko, a former partner to legendary Russian ballerinas Nadia Pavlova, Ludmilla Seminyaka, and Galina Mezentseva and an honors graduate of both the Bolshoi and Kirov Ballet academies. Moscow Ballet’s Swan Lake is based on the Ivanov/Lev version with changes by Yuri Grigorovich for the Bolshoi in 1967. The company features almost 40 Vaganova trained dancers that are praised by the critics. “Perhaps one of the most magical moments of all, was delivered by a truly excellent...corps, a veritable highlight excelling in both synchrony and grace. Both male and female corps were outstanding all night.” from Calgary Herald. Regina Heraldwrites, “Breathtaking...magical touches...a thrilling experience.” Revered as the epitome of classical ballets, Swan Lake is a gripping tale of love, betrayal, and the triumph of good over evil. The dual role of Odette/ Odile in which the ballerina first appears as the tragically ethereal Swan Queen and later as the alluring but deceptive Odile (Black Swan) is one of the most dramatic and technically challenging roles in all of classical ballet. www.moscowballet.com 

Tickets start at $30.00 and groups of 10 or more, with a special interactive program for Girl Scout troops, receive discounts and benefits.  Seniors 65+, Military and MotorClub discounts are available at the theater box office with appropriate identification.For Platinum Experience Tickets with Meet N Greet; Gold Circle Package; and single tickets go towww.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.