Nutcracker Ballet - Bowling Green (KY)

Performances
GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER
Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center (SKyPAC)
Monday, December 12, 2016 - 7:00 pm

Hailing from Mariinsky, Kiev, & more top Russian Schools, Moscow Ballet Dances through 100+ Cities and Bowling Green on Dec. 12, accompanied by live orchestra

The University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra will perform Tchaikovsky's score

Moscow Ballet announces Swan Lake and Great Russian Nutcracker performances featuring Principal Dancers and Balletmasters of the highest caliber and hailing from the world’s top ballet schools. The three tours feature award winning and celebrated Principal Dancers: Ekaterina Alaeva and Kostyantyn Vinovoy on East; Tatiana Nazarkhevich and Andrey Batalov on Central, and Alisa Voronova and Dmitry Kozhemyakin on West, all graduates of the top ballet schools in the world, perform Swan Lake and the Great Russian Nutcracker. Balletmaster, Principal Danseur and Honored Artist of Russia Andrey Batalov has, “made the auditorium roar as loudly as a sports arena” reports the national Russian newspaper Kommersant; Ballet Master and Honored Artist of Ukraine Nobuhiro Tekada is the first and only Japanese person awarded the titles of Honored Artist of Ukraine and People’s Artist of Ukraine, two of the highest state awards. Balletmaster Vladimir Troschenko, an honors graduate from Vaganova Academy at Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, has partnered ballerinas Nadia Pavlova, Bolshoi’s Ludmilla Seminyaka, and Galina Mezentseva of Mariinsky Ballet. These honored artists create the 3 companies of 40 dancers each who entertain audiences from coast to coast with Russian skill and passion from November through December. (See detailed tour list below) New sets designed by multi Academy-Award nominee Carl Sprague include the opening promenade scene highlighting Moscow’s legendary St. Basil's Cathedral and is considered a masterpiece of Orthodox art; the icy Snow Forest has sparkling crystalline snowflakes everywhere, which melt away in Act II to reveal Moscow Ballet’s signature “Land of Peace and Harmony” – a scene filled with exotic Firebirds, Unicorns, Tigers, and Lions who entertain Masha and Nutcracker Prince. New costumes designed by Arthur Oliver, include a dazzling cerulean and ivory bedazzled Ded Moroz, aka Father Christmas, and Snegurochka, aka Snow Maiden, highlight the traditional Russian folklore style and more.

Seeing Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is a Christmas tradition for families since the first North American tour in 1993! The 2016 tour runs from November 6 to December 30 in over 100 U.S. and Canadian cities.

Moscow Ballet is pleased to announce that University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra will accompany Moscow Ballet live in the “Great Russian Nutcracker” for the second year. Moscow Ballet’s Christmas production of the Great Russian Nutcracker will be in Bowling Green at SkyPAC on Monday, Dec. 12 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets go to www.nutcracker.com/buy-tickets.

Calling local student dancers to audition to perform side-by-side with the professional company in Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker in Bowling Green!

Moscow Ballet Soloist and Audition Director Alisa Bolotnikov will be present Fri, Oct 28, 5:00pm at Moscow Ballet’s local Host Dance Studio Dance Arts School, 1060 Pedigo Way, Bowling Green, KY 42103 to audition dance students from the area. Student dancers, boys and girls, ages 7 to 17 years, and who have at least one year of ballet training, may audition for ancillary roles such as Party Children, Mice, Snowflakes, Angels and more. The auditions are free, there may be a casting fee.  The selected children will perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker Dec 12 at the SkyPAC. Moscow Ballet’s Dance with Us” program has brought thousands of student dancers on stage to perform in a professional environment annually for 24 years – a once in a lifetime experience for many children! “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 Herald.Sign up to audition today at www.nutcracker.com/youth-auditions . Performance tickets are at www.nutcracker.com.

Dance Arts of Bowling Green, established in 1966 by Martha Madison, has been providing high quality of professional dance education to the city of Bowling Green, Kentucky and the surrounding areas for over 40 years. The Dance Arts Faculty and Staff are passionate about dance and community development through emphasizing the value and importance of dance education. Dance Art's students gain valuable life skills and experiences that play a positive role in shaping their future and their love of the arts. The Dance Arts Faculty believes that dance education includes not only the physical aspects, but intellectual and emotional fitness as well, inspiring creativity and enthusiasm for dance in her students. Dance Arts' students all about the body and music from “Anatomy in Relation to Dance” to “Musical Rhythm.” Not only are recreational classes offered for all ages, but "Performance Level" curriculum classes that range from Performance Troupe, Dance Company, Bowling Green Show Stoppers, Prep-Professional Classes, and Pre-Professional classes are also offered.

University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra will accompany Moscow Ballet this December!

University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra will accompany Moscow Ballet company in the “Great Russian Nutcracker” for the second year. “Performing Tchaikovsky's ballet, The Nutcracker, with a major professional ballet company is a rare and special treat and challenge for our students.  They are very excited to meet and work with the Russian dancers, who are their same ages, and who, like them, are deeply involved in being excellent in their art form,” said John Nardodillo, UK Symphony Orchestra’s conductor. 

Now under the direction of John Nardolillo, the Orchestra was formed in 1918 by Carl Lampert, composer of the UK Fight Song and Alma Mater and has built a tradition of performing major symphonic masterworks. The orchestra also performs regularly with the UK Opera Theatre, which presents several fully staged productions each season.  Annually the orchestra gives more than 20 performances for more than 40,000 people and for thousands more on television in Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio. The orchestra program attracts students from the state of Kentucky, throughout the U.S., and around the world. These highly skilled young performers regularly go on to complete graduate studies at top conservatories, and graduates of the UK School of Music perform in some of the world’s most prestigious orchestras.

Moscow Ballet ballerina visits the celebrated Corvette Museumin Bowling Green and heats up the room!

When Audition Director Carolina Siscanu was in town to audition and rehearse student dancers at Dance Arts of Bowling Green studio in September 2013, she was invited to visit the red-hot Corvette Museum. What do Corvettes have to do with Russian ballet? A lot more than one would think! Did you know that the “Godfather of Corvettes” was a Russian who immigrated to Europe and then to Bowling Green itself? And the love of his life and inspiration for the lines of the famous high speed roadster…was who else but a beautiful dancer, of course! More about the Russian-ballet-Corvette love story here.

A bit about Carolina Siscanu…she auditioned and was accepted at the National School of Ballet in Chisinau, Moldova at just nine years old. Carolina studied at the school for nine years, graduating in 2009. Click for more.

 

About the SKyPAC

By the late 1990s, productions at Bowling Green’s top venues—the Capitol Theater on Fountain Square and the Van Meter Auditorium at Western Kentucky University—were attracting larger audiences.

This prompted civic leaders in 2000 to form Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center, Inc. (SKyPAC) and subsequently accept funds from the state to construct a larger performing arts venue—which is SKyPAC. Today, the facility hosts a variety of performing arts events, including theater productions such as Cats and Mamma Mia, concerts, dance performances, and more.