The Great Russian Nutcracker
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“Elegant…brimful with feeling” NY Times
“Executed with aristocratic finesse” Cleveland Plain Dealer
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker is the largest and longest continually running Russian ballet tour in North America. Averaging 100 performances each November and December, this coast-to-coast tour of 2 simultaneously performing companies combines the highest caliber Russian ballet, cutting edge production values and heartfelt charm that consistently thrills audiences. With hundreds of hand-sewn costumes, life-sized puppets designed in the Russian tradition, and 9 hand-painted backdrops with 3-D effects, the Great Russian Nutcracker is an acclaimed and spectacular holiday celebration.
“Breathtaking strength…awe-inspiring lifts” Charleston Today
“Sweet and restrained…a classically pure line” Dallas Morning News
Performances of the Great Russian Nutcracker often include local children dancing alongside the Russian professionals. Moscow Ballet Audition Directors are flown to the US in early fall each year to audition and rehearse local children, preparing them to perform with the professional Russian company of forty dancers. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for aspiring young dancers and can be a life-changing experience.
“Sheer splendor and elegant dancing” Baltimore Sun
“The leaps were high, and often suspended in time (or so it seemed)” Twin Cities Daily Planet
In addition to the Great Russian Nutcracker, Moscow Ballet also presents story ballets including Romeo and Juliet with new, hand-crafted sets and costumes, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and more. Moscow Ballet productions are renowned for the dancers’ virtuosity.
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