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May 28, 2010 - Moscow Ballet announces 2010 North American Tour of the GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER with Award-Winning Soloists and Artists

Moscow Ballet announces 2010 North American Tour of the GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER with Award-Winning Soloists and Artists
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BERKSHIRES, MA (May 28, 2010) – Moscow Ballet announces its 18th annual North American tour of the Great Russian Nutcracker. The premiere performance is in Medicine Hat, Alberta Canada November 6th traveling from there across the continent to over 65 cities. The 2010 Great Russian Nutcracker features two simultaneously performing companies, each consisting of 40 professional dancers. The company’s principal dancers bring their respective unique heritage to life on every stage on which they perform. The combined star power and top quality level training is acknowledged in the press. "Expressive and a delight to watch," states The Washington Post. “Whimsical...charming...vibrant...classical style" declares The New York Times. Rapid City Journal writes, “The technical clarity, bravura and partnering were the ultimate examples of Russian mastery of the classical ballet art form... the most exquisite partnering work to be seen anytime, anywhere.”

West Tour Principal Dancers – Swan Lake and Great Russian Nutcracker

Anna Dorosh received highest awards in five International Ballet Competitions (IBC) including Luxembourg ~ First prize and Gold; Moscow ~ Laureate; Paris ~ Silver; Osaka ~ Silver and in the IBC in Memory of Rudolf Nureyev in Budapest, Hungary ~First prize and Gold. Dorosh is now a principal dancer with the National Opera and Ballet in Kiev, a major cradle of Russia’s most important Christian figures, and was bestowed with the honored title of "National Artist of Ukraine.” Dorosh has a rich repertoire of classic ballets including Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Spartacus, Scheherazade, Raymonda, Corsair, Don Quixote, Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella and La Fille Mal Gardee. As a student in the largest city in Siberia, she received the honored “Red Diploma” at the Novosibirsk State Choreographic College studying with the great Vaganova protege Alisa Nikiforova. She subsequently became Prima Ballerina of the State Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet of Novosibirsk. Countries where Dorosh showcases her talent include Japan, Switzerland, France, Germany, Britain, Ireland, Australia, Egypt, Romania, South America, USA, Thailand, Malaysia, China, Singapore, Mexico, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Hong-Kong, former USSR and Poland.

Maksim Chepik is bestowed with the title “Honored Artist of Ukraine” and has won awards at multiple international ballet competitions. He graduated from the Novosibirsk State Choreographic Institute and is now with the National Kiev Opera House of Ukraine, famous for appearances of artists from Tchaikovsky to Sandra Bernhardt to Serge Lifar. Chepik boasts a wide repertoire of parts in classic and modern ballets including; Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Giselle, Carmen, Raymonda, Scheherazade, Spartacus, Song of the Woods, Corsair, Don Quixote, The Bayadere, Sylfide and others. He tours internationally to Germany, Spain, Italy, France, Poland, Switzerland, Britain, South Korea, Japan, China, Thailand, US, Australia, and other countries.

East Tour Principal Dancers - Great Russian Nutcracker

Ekaterina Bortyakova winner of the Award for Artistic Inspiration at the IBC in Kazan, Tatarstan; the IBC "Arabesque" in Perm and the Vaganova Award. Bortyakova started her career as a soloist at the Jalil State Opera and Ballet Theatre of Tatarstan, which presents annually the Rudolf Nureyev Festival in honor of the ballet legend whose family hails from Tatarstan. Bortyakova studied here, the first permanent Russian Opera and Ballet house established in the Volgas, under the tutelage of her father, Ballet Master. Bortyakova’s home city embraces a huge, state-of-the-art IT park among golden-domed cathedrals and towering minarets revealing a rich cultural history that is imbued in its artists. Her lead roles include Giselle, Cinderella, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Sleeping Beauty. Bortyakova is also principal dancer at Swansea Ballet Russe, in Swansea, Wales, UK and has participated in many international festivals and tours in the US, Holland, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Switzerland and Norway.

Akzhol Mussakhanov competed at the IBC in Moscow, the Serge Lifar IBC in Kiev and participated in the Festival of Independence of Kazakhstan. A native of Almaty, the largest cultural center in Kazakhstan, Mussakhanov is a 2001 graduate of the State Choreographic Institute of Kazakhstan. Founded in 1943 as part of the evacuation of dozens of cultural organizations to western Russia during World War II, graduates of the renowned school are counted among the winners of world competitions, famous choreographers, teachers and ballet dancers including Z.Raibaev, B.Ayukhanov, Zh.Baidaralin. Mussakharov is known for his mastery of roles including Swan Lake, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and more. He tours the US, Sweden, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Canada, France, Holland, Greece, Norway and Denmark. Mussakhanov also danced for the State Opera and Ballet Theatre in Odessa, Ukraine, and was a soloist at the Jalil State Opera and Ballet Theatre of Tatarstan in Kazan. Currently he is principal dancer at Swansea Ballet Russe in Wales, UK.

Ballet Master Vladimir Troschenko graduated with honors from the Vaganova Academy, the school of the Kirov/Mariinsky Theater located in St. Petersburg, Russia. He is an honors graduate of The Moscow State Academy of Choreography, one of the oldest and most prestigious ballet schools in the world. Legendary as a dance partner, Troschenko was selected by acclaimed Russian prima ballerinas as a partner, including Nadia Pavlova, Ludmilla Seminyaka and Galina Mezentseva. Troschenko, who is from the Mediterranean influenced port city of Odessa on the Black Sea, continues the grand style of Russian classical ballet bridging the classical era with Russia’s new generation of dancers. Akiva Talmi, founder and producer of Moscow Ballet, says, “Vladimir is a pure classicist. He is an impeccable Ballet Master who always makes his dancers look sublime.”

Scenic Designer Valentin Fedorov creates the imaginative sets and puppetry of Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker and is honored with the title “Honored Artist of Chuvashia.” In 1991, his “Blackberry Along the Fence” won Best Performances of Russia Festival. At the Moscow Artistic Academic Theatre, Fedorov studied under the legendary designer Valery Leventhal, of the Bolshoi Ballet. He has been the art director at the Chuvashia State Theatre of Opera and Ballet since 1988 where he has designed more than 40 productions for opera and ballet to critical acclaim. Chuvash, a mostly rural province in the middle of the country has a centuries-old history of puppetry. Federov’s charming sets and puppets add to the whimsical and imaginative storytelling that sets this Nutcracker apart from others.

Tickets - are now on sale for Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker in most cities on the tour and start at $27.50. Buy tickets online at or call Ticketmaster 800.745.3000 and ask for a performance near you. For a truly special Christmas experience Moscow Ballet introduces its Platinum Seating and Gift promotion. Platinum ticket buyers receive a limited-edition, giclee print created by contemporary Russian masters from the St. Petersburg Academy of Art. Platinum Seating includes the best, centered seats, a backstage Meet and Greet, gourmet chocolates, preferred parking and a Platinum Member’s Benefit Card for purchases at Only seven pairs of platinum tickets per performance are available.

East Tour – Great Russian Nutcracker
West Point NY 11/13
Wilkes Barre PA 11/14
Paducah KY 11/16
Birmingham AL 11/17
*Meridian MS 11/18
Dallas TX 11/19-21
*Stephenville TX 11/22
*Alma AR 11/23
Little Rock AR 11/24
Muskegon MI 11/26
Indianapolis IN 11/27
Knoxville TN 11/28
Memphis TN 11/29
*Blacksburg VA 12/1
Charleston WV 12/2
Youngstown OH 12/3
*Easton PA 12/4
*Verona NY 12/5
Rochester NY 12/7
Bethesda MD 12/8-9
*Somerville NJ 12/10
Baltimore MD 12/11-12
Charlottesville VA 12/13-14
Virginia Beach VA 12/15-16
Cleveland OH 12/17
Rosemont IL 12/18
Detroit MI 12/19
*Ashland KY 12/20
Asheville NC 12/21
Durham NC 12/22
N Charleston SC 12/23
Sarasota FL 12/26
Lakeland FL 12/27
St Petersburg FL 12/28-29
*denotes private performance
West Tour – Swan Lake and Great Russian Nutcracker
Lethbridge CAN 11/5
^Medicine Hat CAN 11/6
^*Saskatoon CAN 11/9-10
^*Regina CAN 11/11-12
^*Edmonton CAN 11/15-16
Surrey, BC CAN 11/19
Yakima WA 11/20
^Missoula MT 11/21
^*Calgary CAN 11/22-23
*Lake of Torches WI 11/26-27
Fargo ND 11/28
^*Winnipeg CAN 11/29
^Thunder Bay CAN 11/30
Grand Forks ND 12/1
Rochester MN 12/2
Minneapolis MN 12/3-4
Cedar Rapids IA 12/5
Cheyenne WY 12/8
Casper WY 12/9
Denver CO 12/10-11
Grand Junction CO 12/12
Farmington NM 12/13-14
*Albuquerque NM 12/15
Bakersfield CA 12/16
Cupertino CA 12/17
Santa Rosa CA 12/18
*La Mirada CA 12/19
San Diego CA 12/20
Tucson AZ 12/21
*Phoenix AZ 12/22
El Paso TX 12/23
San Antonio TX 12/26
Lake Charles LA 12/27
New Orleans LA 12/28
Panama City FL 12/29
*denotes private performance
^denotes Swan Lake performance

Moscow Ballet - History
Moscow Ballet is known for its annual, touring Great Russian Nutcracker and full-length productions of the classic story-ballets; Swan Lake, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and others. Created by award-winning Juilliard alumnus, composer/conductor and theatrical producer, Akiva Talmi, the organization evolved out of Talmi’s all-star Russian "Glasnost Festival Tour" (1986-92). Moscow Ballet made its debut in 1993 with the Great Russian Nutcracker which was directed and choreographed by soloist Stanislav Vlasov of the famous Russian Bolshoi Theatre. In 1994, Moscow Ballet invited the Moscow State Theatre of Natalia Sats, and the theatre's full orchestra, to expand the company to an 88-artist tour which was billed as the "19th Century Classical Nutcracker." In 2003, Moscow Ballet announced the appointment of Anatoly Emelianov, winner of the Diagelev award, and Vladimir Troshchenko, director of Odessa State Ballet and a pivotal figure in the ballet world, as co-artistic directors. Moscow Ballet continues to feature top graduates of Perm, Vaganova, Moscow State Academic Choreographic and Kiev schools in its productions.

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