Great Russian Nutcracker – Cinderella – Swan Lake – Sleeping Beauty
(BERKSHIRES, Mass.) January 10, 2014 – Moscow Ballet announces record-breaking season for the 77 city, 2 month tour, and is honored with second visit of First Family at Bethesda performances. Audiences from NYC to LA and Puerto Rico to Calgary came out in record numbers to see “Great Russian Nutcracker,” “Cinderella”, “Sleeping Beauty” or “Swan Lake”.
Produced and represented by Talmi Entertainment, the 21st annual tour broke its own sales records increasing gross revenue 23%, the third straight year of increase. Sell-out performances increased to 20% of tour cities including top DMAs LA, DC, NYC and Chicago, as well as heartland towns Kearny, Shreveport and Cedar City, to name a few. Press reviews confirm artistic excellence of the 2 simultaneously touring companies of 40 Russian dancers each: LA Times, “Disarmingly poetic…bravura expertise.” Arkansas’ Democrat-Gazette writes, “Stunning visuals…effortlessness dancing…full of joyful energy.” Talmi Entertainment producers attribute the tour’s stellar success to delivering high quality dancers, high production values and community engagement outreach by Moscow Ballet company members including: Creative Development Residency with Broadway director James Warwick; live Musical Wunderkind in 14 tour cities and 500 Latta S.C. school children experience New Horizons-A Children’s Program for Life.
More about Artistic Development in 2013 – 2 week company residency with Broadway director and stage actor James Warwick; unveiling of Designer Arthur Oliver’s 200 new costumes and props; Moscow Ballet soloist led Master Classes at Goucher College, Texas A&M, CityDance, Russell Sage Colleges in Troy and more; and summer Creative Development Residency with local children and Ballet Master Anna Nekhludova; Moscow Ballet opens Corpus Christi’s Bailando Dance Festival; all new 60 page, full color Limited Edition Souvenir Program Book features over 100 never-before-published images, and more.
More about Community Engagement in 2013 - Moscow Ballet soloist rides thoroughbred at Magdalena Farm in Lexington; and poses for classes at MICA in Baltimore; and poses at National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green; greets local student dancers at “Meet the Masters” and brings holiday cheer to young patients at partner hospitals: Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, Baptist Health Foundation, Rady Children’s Hospital and Feist-Weiller Cancer Center.
More about Education Outreach in 2013 – Moscow Ballet honored to become an Advocate for the President’s Challenge program; Musical Wunderkind – Cellistsaccompany Moscow Ballet ballerina in Saint Saen’s “Dying Swan” in 8 tour cities and live youth choirs sing in 8 more cities; “New Horizons–A Children's Program for Life” presented to 500 Latta school students at the Ellis Performing Arts Center over two days (population 1400, median income $25k/yr); and “Dance with Us” in which local student dancers perform side-by-side with professional company.
Moscow Ballet - In addition to the Great Russian Nutcracker, company repertory includes Russian ballets: Cinderella, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, and more. For over twenty years the company has performed 100 engagements annually in over 70 cities in North America, in a majority of the top twenty demographic markets. In addition to performances, the company’s mission and national platform enable it to share the renowned Vaganova training with over 5000 local dance students annually in the “Dance with Us” program; “New Horizons - A Children’s Program for Life” is an intensive cultural immersion project that has benefits school children; and on-going programs Musical Wunderkind, Master Classes and Summer Intensives also touch the lives of thousands of children and young adults. Moscow Ballet’s partnership with corporations and not-for-profit organizations over the past 20 years has raised awareness of and revenue for their significant missions and causes. www.moscowballet.com.
Talmi Entertainment is the exclusive North American representation for Moscow Ballet which performs annually in seventy cities across the US and Canada. Under Talmi management Moscow Ballet has consistently delivered unparalleled Russian artistry and record sales for over 2 decades. First Lady Nancy Reagan served as Honorary Chair of Talmi’s “Cynthia Gregory Celebration Tour in 1980 and First Lady Rosalyn Carter served as Honorary Chair of the Moscow Ballet benefit for Scottish Rites Children’s Hospital in Atlanta. The Moscow Ballet tours grew out of the Talmi’s “International Glasnost Tours” in the late 1980’s. “Glasnost” featured highlights from the great ballets and the newest contemporary dance coming from Russia at the time as performed by dancers including Vadim Bondar, Svetlana Smirnova and Tatiana Chernobrovkina from Stanislavsky Ballet; Alexei Malykin Bolshoi Ballet; Vladimir Kim and Margarita Kullick Kirov/Maryinski 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.