(BERKSHIRES, Mass.) January 22, 2015 – Moscow Ballet 2014 Dove of Peace Tour of Great Russian Nutcracker and Romeo and Juliet deemed artistic and financial success.
Press highlights include: D.C. Metro Theater and Arts [Ekaterina] Bortiakova and [Artem] Belov, as Masha and Nutcracker Prince, dance with powerful vibrancy and emotion;” Cleveland Plain Dealer, “Bortiakova's technical prowess, especially in her footwork and turns, was…truly "great;" New York Times, “Good, precise dancing… well-trained cast;” Sioux City Journal, “Principal dancers “Alisa Voronova is a marvelously precise dancer…and the lithe Anatolie Ustimov is a spinning wonder”and “Great Russian Nutcracker…technically supreme dancing;” and Calgary Herald, “A truly excellent Snow Forest corps, a veritable highlight excelling in both synchrony and grace. Both male and female corps were outstanding all night.” The 2014 tour was the largest ever traveling to 80 cities in the U.S. and Canada, premiering in new cities Philadelphia and Miami, and performing in 15 of the top 20 DMAs. Tour revenue increased 20% for the 4th consecutive season.
New in 2014 – Full orchestral accompaniment! Accompanying the internationally touring ballet company provides collegiate musicians (and audiences) with a rare, live ballet, performance experience. In 2014 theUniversity of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, conducted by John Nardolillo, performed in Lexington, Bowling Green and Paducah, KY; Conductor Lee Mills and Concert Artists of Baltimore accompanied 3 performances at the Hippodrome in Baltimore; and Western Michigan University Orchestra, conducted by Bruce Uchimura, accompanied in Kalamazoo. The pilot program will include more tour cities in 2015.
“Dance with Us” and New Horizon’s programs directly impacted 4000 aspiring American student artists this season. Over 3600 children participated in the “Dance with Us” program in which local student dancers audition and perform side-by-side with professional company. The Cleveland Plain Dealer noted: “The inclusion of…local children in the ballet as part of Moscow Ballet's "Dance with Us" program was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for those dancers,” and the Calgary Herald, “The Calgary children who successfully auditioned…should be congratulated for their very skilled and enthusiastic participation. It really brought the idea home that the Great Russian Nutcracker is a wonderful chance for children to be in a full-length production and experience first-hand an authentic classical ballet from this uniquely Russian company of remarkable performers.” School children also benefit from New Horizon’s – A Children’s Program for Lifein which specially trained Moscow Ballet ballerinas lead cultural immersion activities, Russian language and movement classes, and more. In 2014 Olga Aru worked with children in schools in Rochester NY, Mariia Skoruk worked with friends at Texas Abilities Connections in El Paso, and Carolina Siscanu worked with Girl Scouts in Bowling Green.
Musical Wunderkind – Children’s choirs in 4 tour cities provided live vocal accompaniment to Act I’s Waltz of the Snowflakes as written in Tchaikovsky’s score; Texas Children’s Choir in San Antonio, Gagie School Choir in Kalamazoo, South Bay Children’s Choir in Los Angeles and American Children’s Kodaly Choir in Baltimore. In addition, pre-professional teen violinists opened Great Russian Nutcracker performances by accompanying the Principal Ballerina in Saint Saen’s “Dying Swan” in 5 tour cities: Michael Carlson in Butte, Sterling Elliot in Virginia Beach, Hae Sue Lee in Philadelphia, Jennifer Ahn in Wichita and Ben Nead in Tucson. The Musical Wunderkind program makes a real connection between young artists, the community and the professional ballet.
Community Engagements bring the professional dancers directly into children’s hospitals, homes and schools for personal connections and special artistic projects. In 2014 Moscow Ballet dancers presented Christmas gifts to young patients in 3 children’s hospitals and raised awareness of community groups such as Kentucky’s Guess Anti-Bullying Foundationand Senior Wish of a Lifetime in Lakeland FL. Moscow Ballet and INVEST at Russell Sage College presented a Creative Development Residency (CDR) for Sage College students titled “Peace, War and Art – Spoken, Lived, Danced” which included a faculty panel, MB soloist Olga Aru performing “The Ravaged Face,” a dance inspired by Sylvia Plath’s poem and speaking about her experience dancing in and being evacuated from Tahrir Square during the 2013 uprising.
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Moscow Ballet - In addition to the Great Russian Nutcracker, Moscow Ballet 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. For over twenty years the company has performed 100 engagements annually in North America including in a majority of the top twenty demographic markets. Moscow Ballet receives critical acclaim and was invited to present at National Press Club Newsmaker events. In addition to public performances, the company’s mission and national platform enables it to share the Russian Vaganova ballet training with over 5000 American dance students annually in the Dance with Us program developed by Julliard graduate and award-winning choreographer Mary Giannone Talmi. “New Horizons – A Children’s Program for Life” is an intensive cultural immersion and creative expression project serving all ages of school children and Moscow Ballet’s Musical Wunderkind program brings outstanding teen musicians on stage to accompany the world renowned principal ballerinas. For over 20 years Moscow Ballet’s partnership with corporations and not-for-profit organizations such as the President’s Challenge Program and ballerina visits to Children’s Hospitals has raised revenue and awareness for significant missions and causes. Talmi Entertainment is the exclusive North American representation for Moscow Ballet. www.moscowballet.com.
Talmi Entertainment is the exclusive North American representation for Moscow Ballet which performs annually in more than seventy cities from NYC to LA and San Juan to Calgary. Under Talmi Entertainment management Moscow Ballet delivers unparalleled Russian artistry in the classic ballets Romeo and Juliet, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Swan Lake and more. Talmi Entertainment also produces Circus Electronica and more. With the fall of the Iron Curtain, Talmi Entertainment presented the “International Glasnost Tours” in the US out of which grew the annual Great Russian Nutcracker tours. “Glasnost” featured highlights from the great classic ballets and the newest contemporary dance from Russia performed by Vadim Bondar, Svetlana Smirnova and Tatiana Chernobrovkina from Stanislavsky Ballet; Alexei Malykin Bolshoi Ballet; Vladimir Kim and Margarita Kullick Kirov 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.