The Studio Blog
Now is the time to get the very best seats to see Moscow Ballet’s award-winning and premiering dancers on the 2011 Tour! Meet the dancers here…
Natalia Toriashvili premieres in the US in 2011 with Moscow Ballet and hails from Tbilisi, aka Georgia, home to George Balanchine! Natalia is a stunning dancer who was awarded Gold at the “Festival de la Danza” International Ballet Competition (IBC) Rieti, Italy 2002 and “Honorable Mention for Inspirational Performance” at the Rudolf Nureyev Ballet Festival. Partner Ilya Zabotin, born in St. Petersburg, graduated from the Rudolph Nureyev Russian State Ballet Academy and was immediately invited to be principal dancer of the Yakobson Ballet Company.
Natalia Bashkirtseva also hails from St. Petersburg and graduated from the world-renowned Vaganova Ballet Academy. She has been honored with the title “Distinguished Artist of the Russian Federation” and is a Bronze Medalist of Moscow’s Petipa IBC. Partner Andre Besov also trained at the Vaganova Ballet Academy and dances for the Latvia National Opera, Vanemuine Theater Estonia and the world famous Hermitage Theater, St. Petersburg, in leading roles.
This red-headed fireball of a dancer Olesya Gapienko is a Laureate of IBC Rieti, Italy 2008. She graduated with honors from Uzbekistan’s top ballet academy and has been a soloist ever since in classic story ballets such as Paquita, Le Corsaire, Esmeralda, Don Quixote, and others.
Alexandra Elagina makes her debut as Masha in Western US and Canada in 2011. Her US debut in 2010 led to critical acclaim, “Brimful with feeling,” from the NY Times and “Exuded the essence of delicacy,” said Charleston Today. Partner Anatolie Ustimov is a Laureate of the IBC Moscow 2009 and debuted as Nutcracker Prince in 2010 also to critical acclaim. “A handsome pair of principal dancers,” states iionarts.com in DC and “Elagina and Ustimov…partnered beautifully and executed their solos with aristocratic finesse” Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Andrei Litvinov, named Ballet Master for the 2011 Tours, is an Honored Artist of the Moldova Republic. A graduate of Moscow‘s famous “Bolshoi School,” he is a Laureate of the IBC Romania 1996, the Yuri Grigorovich IBC 2000; the Danovsky IBC, and the Diagelev Prize.
See these award-winning artists in 2011 and create a holiday memory that will last a lifetime! Tickets are on sale in many cities on the tour, go to http://www.nutcracker.com/Your_City.php to reserve the best seat in the house to see these stars of Moscow Ballet.
Did you know that in Russia the idealized woman is the ballerina? She is considered a living sculpture, an accomplished and highly trained artist and that the most important holiday for Russian women is March 8? It is similar to Mother’s Day inthe U.S., except that all women in a man’s life are celebrated, from mothers to sweethearts to small girls.
This is the day when men pay all their attention to their beloved, their mothers, sisters, and daughters and some Russian men take on the women’s share of the housework that day as a sign of deep love and appreciation. Since March 8 falls on a Tuesday this year, both Monday and Tuesday are days off for Russians! Historically, March 8 has long been associated with women’s rights, beginning with a famous protest in New York on March 8, 1857. In Russia, the day was first celebrated as Women’s Day in St. Petersburg in 1913, but it did not become an official state holiday, and day off, until 1965. Most likely, however, the greatest historical significance of the date for Russians is as the date that Russian women first gained the right to vote: March 8, 1917, American women gained the right to vote three years later. This week we celebrate our Moscow Ballet ballerinas, audition directors, and all women on the Moscow Ballet team!
You can find a special gift for the women in your life at the Moscow Ballet store. Choose from logo-ed dancewear, Russian specialty items, CDs, DVDs and photos of young dancers too. And our gift of appreciation to you…all orders placed this week will receive a complimentary women’s charm bracelet!