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Dan Talmi’s Travelogue to Russia May 2011 – Rabbit Pie, Lions and George Balanchine

Travelogue, May 20, Day 1, continued

Dinner at last! This rabbit and mushroom quiche was delicious…maybe my favorite dish on the whole trip.

Rabbit and Mushroom Pie
Rabbit and Mushroom Pie

View from my room at the Istoriya Hotel overlooks a stunning pair of lions holding up the bridge over the Griboyedov Canal.

Powerful lions hold up the bridge outside my room
Powerful lions hold up
the bridge outside my room

Travelogue, May 21, Day 2


Start the day at the Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory. It was founded in 1862 by composer Anton Rubinstein sitting behind me. Graduates include names we all know like Pytor Tchaikovsky, Sergey Prokofiev, George Balanchine and many others. In 2012 the conservatory will celebrate its 150th anniversary.

At the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory
At the Rimsky-Korsakov

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is the unique telling of the classic story of Masha (Clara) and her Nutcracker Doll told with true Russian flair. In 2012, Moscow Ballet celebrates its 20th year of touring this performance across North America, and to much critical acclaim! The whimsical fantasy of Moscow Ballet’s Nutcracker is legendary, with the piece firmly enshrined as a Christmas staple for audiences across the country and in Canada. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s beloved Nutcracker Suite, and Moscow Ballet’s company of 40 Vaganova-trained dancers are the perfect combination for a holiday celebration for all.

Nutcracker.com is your source for all things Moscow Ballet and all things Nutcracker! See Great Russian Nutcracker and other story ballets’ historical photos in our gallery, watch videos of the Master Teachers working with their American students, listen to interviews with our soloists, and so much more!
Young dancers - you can dance with the pros! Learn about the Great Russian Nutcracker audition process in your city.

Visit the Studio Blog for the latest news and stories of the Great Russian Nutcracker and other productions. And our Fine Art Gallery will introduce you to Russia’s newest talent in the visual arts.

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker will be performed in over 60 cities in 2012. Find a performance in your state below, or visit Your City to find out when we will be in your area. This holiday season, experience Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker– acclaimed by the press and adored by audiences everywhere. Get your tickets now!

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