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Get discounted tickets for Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker right now and guarantee the best seats for an authentic experience of Russian culture too. Performing to Tchaikovsky’s famous score, seeing this holiday favorite is like traveling to Moscow without leaving town!
As the curtain rises we see the famous onion-domed Moscow skyline and guests making their way to a Christmas Eve party where magical, life-sized dolls dance in the grand room that features a painting of the Troika. Exclusive to Russia, the Troika is a sled drawn by three horses which reaches speeds of up to 50km an hour! Masha receives a Nutcracker doll from Uncle Drosselmeyer, and later defends him in an attack by the Rat King. In the battle the Nutcracker’s cannon, inspired by statues in the glorious gardens of St. Petersburg, defeats the Rat King by shooting roses! Masha and her Nutcracker Prince then travel through the enchanting Snow Forrest accompanied by Russian Father Christmas, Ded Moroz, and the Snow Maiden, Snegurochka. Dressed in magnificent, hand-made costumes, these folk figures are the traditional Slavic figures of Christmas, winter and present giving.
The couple continues their adventure and are led by the Dove of Peace to the Land of Peace and Harmony. The land is exclusive to Moscow Ballet and was created during the time of Glasnost (openness) in Russia. The Dove, Firebird and Bluebird, Russian symbols of peace, life and happiness, are featured in the show’s backdrops. Masha and the Nutcracker enjoy the virtuosic dancing of emissaries from heritages the world over, each couple accompanied by life-sized puppets symbolizing their respective culture. The Russian variation features the Bear of Strength playing the Balalaika, a Russian three stringed instrument with a triangular body, of course! But the most Russian aspect of the Great Russian Nutcracker is the dancers themselves – all trained in the world renowned Vaganova method, many award-winning and of the highest caliber in the world!
Get the best seats for your “journey” to Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker! When you order in June, use the SAVE2 code (online or by phone) and receive the largest ticket discounts offered as well as the official Moscow Ballet Tote bag! Click here to order tickets.
Summer Gear with the Moscow Ballet logo…Did you know that the Moscow Ballet Store has logoed Tote bags, caps, T-shirts and hooded sweat-shirts too? Summer is the perfect time for new casual wear for the beach, evening campfires and summer dance classes. Click here to see the selection.
Summer Intensives across the US for aspiring dancers…there are still some spots left in Moscow Ballet’s Summer Intensive programs across the US. Find one near you and sign up now to participate in the learning opportunity of a lifetime!
Moscow Ballet helps you make it up to that special mother in your life!
Moms across the country know that Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is a holiday tradition and visual feast that creates lifelong memories for the whole family!
And the critics agree: NY Times raves, “Kids were wide-eyed with delight!”; Christmas with the Moscow Ballet? Sublime” Sioux City Journal; “Breathtaking strength…awe-inspiring lifts” Charleston Today; “Particularly astounding,” iionarts.com DC; and “Aristocratic finesse” Cleveland Plain Dealer. Overflowing with 40 stunning Russian dancers, Moscow Ballet performances feature 200 lavish costumes, larger-than-life puppets and 9 hand-painted backdrops with 3-D effects. Do not miss this chance to get the perfect gift for mom and save up to $20 per ticket.
Save up to $100 for a family of five AND receive a free CD of Tchaikovsky’s famous score too. Use the SAVE1 code until May 31st to redeem get this very special offer for the very special Mom in your life! Click to get tickets in your city today.
Calling advanced and pre-professional dancers!
Sign up in May to work one-on-one with Moscow Ballet soloist Svetlana this summer!
In a reverse trend, Moscow Ballet brings Russian soloist Svetlana Todinova to the U.S. to teach the Vaganova method to advanced and pre-professional dancers in July and August. Todinova will give classes in technique, pointe, partnering, character dance, historic dance and variations from the classics such as Swan Lake and Romeo and Juliet. Click here to read about the different Intensives.
The Intensives offer young dancers a unique opportunity to work one-on-one with professional Russian ballerina Svetlana Todinova. Watch Svetlana in performance here. Intensives will be offered in Pittsburgh PA; Murietta CA; Pikeville KY, Galesburg IL and Bloomington MN. Interested applicants go to www.nutcracker.com/The_Studio.php.
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