Nutcracker Ballet - Calgary (AB)

Performances
GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER
Jack Singer Concert Hall at Arts Commons
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 7:00 pm

Hailing from Mariinsky, Kiev, & more top Russian Schools, Moscow Ballet Dances through 100+ Cities on 2016 tour in Calgary on Nov. 16

120 Ballerinas and Danseurs, 115 Cities, New Costumes and Backdrops

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’s Christmas production of the Great Russian Nutcracker will be in Calgary at Arts Commons on Wednesday, November 16 at 7:00pm.  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 Calgary!

The selected children will perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker December 16 at Art Commons. Moscow Ballet Soloist and Audition Director Olena Nalyvaiko will conduct auditions Saturday, October 1 at 2 p.m.at Moscow Ballet’s local Host Dance Studio Ballet Classique Methusela’s audition location, 404 Meredith Rd NE, Calgary, AB T2E 3R7, for 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.  Moscow Ballet’sDance with Usprogram brings 6,000 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, Stephan Bonfield, 2014.Sign up to audition today at www.nutcracker.com/youth-auditions . Performance tickets are at www.nutcracker.com.

Ballet Classique Methusela is now in it's tenth exciting year.  BCM takes great  pride in presenting a full roster of ballet and dance courses, for students, ages 3 to adults.  This personal and community-minded studio, commits to provide the highest standard of technical training and yet maintains an inspiring and joyful environment. The studio aims to aid students in cultivating a love and appreciation of dance and music that will last a lifetime.  This is evident through the enthusiastic ballet instruction, as well as in the many supplementary program benefits offered to students including ballet field trips, ballet movie nights, and a 'full to the brim' ballet library. The studio supports student's desire to spread their infectious love of dance, with their community, by organizing several yearly community dance presentations performed by their Performance Troupe.  This is Ballet Classique Methusela's 6th year, working in partnership with, the Moscow Ballet in their “Dance with Us” program for young dancers.

About EPCOR CENTRE'S 'Jack Singer Concert Hall'

Answering a growing need for a proper performance space in the region, the Calgary Centre for Performing Arts (CCPA) was established as a charitable organization in the 1970s. The venue, anchored by the historic Burns Building and Public Building, officially opened in 1985 to much fanfare.

Now called the Epcor Centre's 'Jack Singer Concert Hall', the theater hosts a variety of productions and performers, such as the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Alberta Theatre Project, K.D. Lang, and Celtic Thunder.