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Great Russian Nutcracker Quotes

 

 

 
“A Christmas tale from a faraway Land of Snow and Ice,” New York Times, 2014, “Real beauty…good, precise dancing… well-trained cast.” 
 
“Magical moments, truly excellent Snow Forest corps,” Calgary Herald, 2014, “Highlight of the night …uniquely Russian company of remarkable performers.” 
 
“Bortiakova's technical prowess was…truly great,” Cleveland Plain Dealer, 2014, “Whimsical sets and colorful costumes…breathtaking.” 
 
“Petrichenko is a rubber-limbed human pretzel; Chumakov…a perfect sense of timing. Both sport an amazing set of abs,” Bethesda, D.C. Metro Theater and Arts, 2014,“Bortiakova and Belov dance with powerful vibrancy and emotion.”
 
“4-star performance …inspires awe,” Minneapolis, Twin Cities Daily Planet, 2014, “Captivating performance…kept the audience at the edge of their seats.”
 
“[Dove of Peace]…a sight to behold…caused the audience to gasp in awe. San Antonio Express-News, 2014
“Voronova is marvelously precise dancer and Ustimov is a spinning wonder,” Sioux City, Sioux City Journal, 2014 “Marvelously precise dancing.”
 
“A spectacularly dazzling evening,” Columbia Daily Tribune, 2014
 
“Acclaimed dancers…treat the Great Russian Nutcracker as the spectacular, globe-spanning institution that it is.” Denver Post, 2014
 
“Magical night with Moscow Ballet…overflowing with pristine technique,” Los Angeles, Dance Life 2014
 
“Moscow Ballet’s…four-star performance…takes it up a notch…and…inspires awe,” Minneapolis, Twin Cities Daily Planet, 2014, “Khachatryan and Kadurin, performing the Arabian variation, let out another captivating performance as they performed moves that kept the audience at the edge of their seats.”
 
“Wide-eyed wonder…and lavish costumes…stunning visuals…the [Arabian Variation] stunts, straight out of a Cirque du Soleil routine, kept the audience rapt in silence, save for the gasps of awe at the end of the variation.” Little Rock, Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Jennifer Godwin 2013 
 
“Lively and resourceful…using music that is usually wasted, [the choreographer] created a sweet "Dove of Peace" duet at the beginning of Act 2 in which each [dancer is] outfitted with one enormous wing… linked up gymnastically for artful avian imagery…. the result is disarmingly poetic.” Los Angeles, LA Times, Lewis Segal, 2013, “Karyna Shatkovskaya…[showed] faultless mastery of the steps and a floating jump. Vladimir Tkachenko…contributed bravura expertise.” 
 
“Using music that is usually wasted, [the choreographer] created a sweet "Dove of Peace" duet in which each [dancer is] outfitted with one enormous wing…. the result is disarmingly poetic…faultless mastery of the steps… bravura expertise,” Lewis Segal, Los AngelesTimes, LA CA, 2013
 
“President Barack Obama attends a dress rehearsal of Moscow Ballet's “Great Russian Nutcracker,” in which his daughter, Sasha, portrays a mouse…and works on remarks he is scheduled to give later that day.”Pete Souza,Time Magazine, NYC, NY, 2012
 
“Kaleidoscope of colorful costuming…Eye-popping emissary for the [ballet] form …climactic pas de deux and solos and…[Alexandra] Elagina and [Anatolie] Ustimov were exceptional” Rob Hubbard, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Minneapolis MN, 2011
 
“Knockout…Brimful with feeling…Expansive… the Russian style is elegantly generous, and so the experience is never meager. Kids…were wide-eyed with delight.” Chief Dance Critic Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, NYC NY, 2010
 
“Ekaterina Bortyakova, epitome of a classical ballerina…to say that I was impressed would be an extreme understatement. Her performance was flawless” Alt Daily, Virginia Beach VA, 2009  
 
“Whimsical and imaginative storytelling blends with the richness of Russian classical dance to make the Great Russian Nutcracker a unique performance not to be missed!”News Blaze, Stockton PA, 2008
 
 “A magical dream world of awe-inspiring music and graceful, poised ballerinas,” Grand Rapids Herald-Review, Grand Rapids MI, 2007
 
“Principal [Anatolie] Emelianov as the Prince sculpted the air with sharp, Russian-style muscularity” Kansas City Star, Kansas City KS, 2006
 
"The dancing of [Tatiana] Predenia and Maxium Klekovkin was quite beautiful in the Grand Pas de Deux," Knoxville News, Knoxville TN, 2005
 
“The Moscow Ballet dancers were full of childlike energy…Masha [Natalia Koungourtseva] …was carefree and her fouettes seemingly were unrestricted by the floor’s friction” Shreveport Times, Shreveport LA, 2004
 
“Natalia Koungourtseva, as Masha, delivered both childlike wonder and radiant elegance…her pointe work was effortless…her port de bras was graceful …the dancing sparkles in Great Russian Nutcracker” Dana Gavin Frank,Dallas Morning News, Dallas TX, 2003
 
"Whimsical ideas... charming tone...Tatiana Predenia [Masha]…set the standard as an assured ballerina with vibrant classical style and perfect body placement…classy and classical.” Anna Kisselgoff,New York Times, NYC NY, 2002    
 
 “The Great Russian Nutcracker has storybook sets, stunning costumes and top Russian dancers who convey all the majesty you would expect from the Moscow Ballet” Albuquerque Journal, Albuquerque NM, 2001
 
“Say goodbye cute and hello genius with the Moscow Ballet's kick-ass rendition of the Nutcracker”Anna Ditkoff, Baltimore City Paper, Baltimore MD, 2000
 
 “Masha danced with ethereal grace… the perfect balance between delicacy and strength…four stars (out of four)” Syracuse Herald Journal, Syracuse NY, 1999
 
 “The dancers’ impeccable technique, and reverence for tradition made the great classic gleam,” Herald-Sun, Durham NC, 1998
 
“Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker, sweet and restrained…the Nutcracker Prince, Dmitri Dmitriev…combining a classically pure line with power and elasticity… a most elegant and dashing Prince,” Margaret Putman, Dallas Morning News, Dallas TX, 1997
 
“The hold [Moscow Ballet] has on Washington proved its strength once again…Marina Alexandrova, Vitaly Zabelin and Alexandre Troubitsyn are highly trained, expressive and a delight to watch.” Washington Post, Washington DC, 1996
 
 “Led by a superlative ballerina [Marina Alexndrova] who is both lyrical and soulful… [Moscow Ballet] presents a Nutcracker that gives dance fans a treat” Providence Journal-Bulletin, Providence RI, 1995   
 
“Nothing could diminish the sheer luxuriousness of the production… bold and vital choreography” Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk VA, 1994
 
 “Moscow Ballet…to all performers, we say bolshoi spasiba…big thanks!” Post Standard, Syracuse NY, 1993

 

 

Other Repertory Quotes

 

 

 
“A Christmas tale from a faraway Land of Snow and Ice,” New York Times, 2014, “Real beauty…good, precise dancing… well-trained cast.” 
 
“Magical moments, truly excellent Snow Forest corps,” Calgary Herald, 2014, “Highlight of the night …uniquely Russian company of remarkable performers.” 
 
“Bortiakova's technical prowess was…truly great,” Cleveland Plain Dealer, 2014, “Whimsical sets and colorful costumes…breathtaking.” 
 
“Petrichenko is a rubber-limbed human pretzel; Chumakov…a perfect sense of timing. Both sport an amazing set of abs,” Bethesda, D.C. Metro Theater and Arts, 2014,“Bortiakova and Belov dance with powerful vibrancy and emotion.”
 
“4-star performance …inspires awe,” Minneapolis, Twin Cities Daily Planet, 2014, “Captivating performance…kept the audience at the edge of their seats.”
 
“[Dove of Peace]…a sight to behold…caused the audience to gasp in awe. San Antonio Express-News, 2014
“Voronova is marvelously precise dancer and Ustimov is a spinning wonder,” Sioux City, Sioux City Journal, 2014 “Marvelously precise dancing.”
 
“A spectacularly dazzling evening,” Columbia Daily Tribune, 2014
 
“Acclaimed dancers…treat the Great Russian Nutcracker as the spectacular, globe-spanning institution that it is.” Denver Post, 2014
 
“Magical night with Moscow Ballet…overflowing with pristine technique,” Los Angeles, Dance Life 2014
 
“Moscow Ballet’s…four-star performance…takes it up a notch…and…inspires awe,” Minneapolis, Twin Cities Daily Planet, 2014, “Khachatryan and Kadurin, performing the Arabian variation, let out another captivating performance as they performed moves that kept the audience at the edge of their seats.”
 
“Wide-eyed wonder…and lavish costumes…stunning visuals…the [Arabian Variation] stunts, straight out of a Cirque du Soleil routine, kept the audience rapt in silence, save for the gasps of awe at the end of the variation.” Little Rock, Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Jennifer Godwin 2013 
 
“Lively and resourceful…using music that is usually wasted, [the choreographer] created a sweet "Dove of Peace" duet at the beginning of Act 2 in which each [dancer is] outfitted with one enormous wing… linked up gymnastically for artful avian imagery…. the result is disarmingly poetic.” Los Angeles, LA Times, Lewis Segal, 2013, “Karyna Shatkovskaya…[showed] faultless mastery of the steps and a floating jump. Vladimir Tkachenko…contributed bravura expertise.” 
 
“Using music that is usually wasted, [the choreographer] created a sweet "Dove of Peace" duet in which each [dancer is] outfitted with one enormous wing…. the result is disarmingly poetic…faultless mastery of the steps… bravura expertise,” Lewis Segal, Los AngelesTimes, LA CA, 2013
 
“President Barack Obama attends a dress rehearsal of Moscow Ballet's “Great Russian Nutcracker,” in which his daughter, Sasha, portrays a mouse…and works on remarks he is scheduled to give later that day.”Pete Souza,Time Magazine, NYC, NY, 2012
 
“Kaleidoscope of colorful costuming…Eye-popping emissary for the [ballet] form …climactic pas de deux and solos and…[Alexandra] Elagina and [Anatolie] Ustimov were exceptional” Rob Hubbard, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Minneapolis MN, 2011
 
“Knockout…Brimful with feeling…Expansive… the Russian style is elegantly generous, and so the experience is never meager. Kids…were wide-eyed with delight.” Chief Dance Critic Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, NYC NY, 2010
 
“Ekaterina Bortyakova, epitome of a classical ballerina…to say that I was impressed would be an extreme understatement. Her performance was flawless” Alt Daily, Virginia Beach VA, 2009  
 
“Whimsical and imaginative storytelling blends with the richness of Russian classical dance to make the Great Russian Nutcracker a unique performance not to be missed!”News Blaze, Stockton PA, 2008
 
 “A magical dream world of awe-inspiring music and graceful, poised ballerinas,” Grand Rapids Herald-Review, Grand Rapids MI, 2007
 
“Principal [Anatolie] Emelianov as the Prince sculpted the air with sharp, Russian-style muscularity” Kansas City Star, Kansas City KS, 2006
 
"The dancing of [Tatiana] Predenia and Maxium Klekovkin was quite beautiful in the Grand Pas de Deux," Knoxville News, Knoxville TN, 2005
 
“The Moscow Ballet dancers were full of childlike energy…Masha [Natalia Koungourtseva] …was carefree and her fouettes seemingly were unrestricted by the floor’s friction” Shreveport Times, Shreveport LA, 2004
 
“Natalia Koungourtseva, as Masha, delivered both childlike wonder and radiant elegance…her pointe work was effortless…her port de bras was graceful …the dancing sparkles in Great Russian Nutcracker” Dana Gavin Frank,Dallas Morning News, Dallas TX, 2003
 
"Whimsical ideas... charming tone...Tatiana Predenia [Masha]…set the standard as an assured ballerina with vibrant classical style and perfect body placement…classy and classical.” Anna Kisselgoff,New York Times, NYC NY, 2002    
 
 “The Great Russian Nutcracker has storybook sets, stunning costumes and top Russian dancers who convey all the majesty you would expect from the Moscow Ballet” Albuquerque Journal, Albuquerque NM, 2001
 
“Say goodbye cute and hello genius with the Moscow Ballet's kick-ass rendition of the Nutcracker”Anna Ditkoff, Baltimore City Paper, Baltimore MD, 2000
 
 “Masha danced with ethereal grace… the perfect balance between delicacy and strength…four stars (out of four)” Syracuse Herald Journal, Syracuse NY, 1999
 
 “The dancers’ impeccable technique, and reverence for tradition made the great classic gleam,” Herald-Sun, Durham NC, 1998
 
“Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker, sweet and restrained…the Nutcracker Prince, Dmitri Dmitriev…combining a classically pure line with power and elasticity… a most elegant and dashing Prince,” Margaret Putman, Dallas Morning News, Dallas TX, 1997
 
“The hold [Moscow Ballet] has on Washington proved its strength once again…Marina Alexandrova, Vitaly Zabelin and Alexandre Troubitsyn are highly trained, expressive and a delight to watch.” Washington Post, Washington DC, 1996
 
 “Led by a superlative ballerina [Marina Alexndrova] who is both lyrical and soulful… [Moscow Ballet] presents a Nutcracker that gives dance fans a treat” Providence Journal-Bulletin, Providence RI, 1995   
 
“Nothing could diminish the sheer luxuriousness of the production… bold and vital choreography” Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk VA, 1994
 
 “Moscow Ballet…to all performers, we say bolshoi spasiba…big thanks!” Post Standard, Syracuse NY, 1993

 

 

Musical Wunderkind Quotes

 

 
 “A rousing kickoff to Christmas, full of joyful energy and tremendous dancing…the Central Arkansas Children’s Choir, [Moscow Ballet Musical Wunderkind], which sang during the “Waltz of the Snowflakes,” showed just how captivating live music can be for such a production.” Little Rock, Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Jennifer Godwin, 2013
 
“[Moscow Ballet Musical Wundrerkind] and locally based, award-winning teen violinist Annelle Gregory….an expressive account of the Saint-Saëns score and Mikhail Fokine’s [choreography to] "The Dying Swan." Lewis Segal, Los AngelesTimes, LA CA, 2013

 

 

Dance With Us Quotes

 

 
 “New this year is a breathtaking prop called the Dove of Peace, a bird with wings that span over six metres. [Two] dancers take up the wings during an adagio in Act Two, soaring and dipping across the scenery. These magical touches make this a thrilling experience for the student dancers, says [Moscow Ballet Audition Director and soloist] Natalia Miroshynk, And it’s also a great opportunity for them to get up close and personal with the principals and soloists.” Barbara Woolsey, Regina Herald, Regina Canada, 2013
 
 “In addition to featuring local youth dancers as mice and snowflake roles, this acclaimed version of the perennial ballet from Russia includes some special touches…one highlight occurs when two dancers become one as The Dove of Peace, a "bird" with a 20-foot wingspan, in a prayer for world peace.” Chicago Tribune, Chicago IL, 2013
 
“The true highlight of the night was seeing all the Calgary children who successfully auditioned to dance as mice, snowflakes and assorted minor colourful characters. They were truly adorable, and 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.” Calgary, Calgary Herald, Stephan Bonfield, 2014
 
“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,” Cleveland, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Steve Sucato, 2014
 
 “In addition to featuring local youth dancers as mice and snowflake roles, this acclaimed version of the perennial ballet from Russia includes some special touches…one highlight occurs when two dancers become one as The Dove of Peace, a "bird" with a 20-foot wingspan, in a prayer for world peace.” Rosemont, Chicago Tribune, 2013 

 

 

New Horizons Quotes

 

New Horizons – A Children’s Program for Life

“Parents have told me that it is all their children would talk about when they picked them up from school.  I wish you could have seen the eyes of the children and could have heard the squeals and applause. Please know how much everyone in our school district appreciates this marvelous experience.” Eleanor Powers, Director, Ellis Performing Arts Center, Latta, S.C. 2013

 

 

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