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New “Dove of Peace” choreography celebrates 20 years of soaring holiday spirit

   Iconic Kissy Doll designed exclusively for Moscow Ballet

The 20th Anniversary production of Moscow Ballet's acclaimed Great Russian Nutcracker includes brand new “Dove of Peace” choreography in which 2 dancers become one soaring bird with a 20 foot wing span! The new choreography is inspired Stanislov Vlasov’s work. Vlasov was a former Bolshoi Ballet dancer and choreographer/ballet master of Moscow Ballet’s first Great Russian Nutcracker in 1993. The 20th Anniversary production also features a Christmas tree that grows to 7 stories tall; falling snow and Troika sleigh escorted by Russian folk characters Ded Moroz (Father Christmas) and Snegurochka (Snow Maiden); 200 all new, hand-sewn costumes designed by Shakespearean designer Arthur Oliver; and more!



And did you know that you can meet the dancers? The Platinum Experience is limited to just 10 of the best seats in the house and includes a personal Meet & Greet with Moscow Ballet soloists and MB Gear, too. VIP ticket packages also include the best seats and a Souvenir Bundle of logoed MB Gear. Group Discounts for 10 or more tickets are available and Single tickets are on sale now in most cities on the tour, as well. Now is the time to get the best seats to guarantee your holiday experience in 2012!


 (left) IBC Gold Medalists Cristina and Alexei Terentiev



Over 20 years of touring the Great Russian Nutcracker has featured acclaimed and award-winning Russian ballerinas and danseurs. From choreographer, balletmaster and former Bolshoi soloist Stanislov Vlasov and partner Lilia Sabitova, People’s Artist of Russia, in 1993; to former Bolshoi Ballet dancer Marina Alexandrova and Vitaly Zabelin in 1996; IBC Gold Medalists Dmitri Dmitriev and Anna Dorosh in 1997; danseur, Perm graduate and upstart choreographer Anatolie Emelianov and Honored Artist of Russia Tatiana Predenia in 2002; Varna IBC Gold Medalists Cristina and Alexei Terentiev in 2009; acclaimed by the press Alexandra Elagina and Anatolie Ustimov in 2010 and award winning Karyna Shatkovskaya and Vladimir Tkachenko in 2011, the dancing is among the best in the world! 


For 20 years ballet novices and aficionados; family members from the youngest to the most senior; and from New York to California and Syracuse to San Antonio have returned again and again to see 40 striking Russian dancers bring the holiday classic to life. Look for coming announcement of this year’s principal artists.


       NY Times called Alexandra Elagina (right) "brimful with feeling"


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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