Nutcracker Ballet - Columbia (MO)

Performances
*** Moscow Ballet discounts /codes do not apply to this performance.***
GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER
Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts- Jesse Auditorium
Monday, December 4, 2017 - 7:00 pm
*** Moscow Ballet discounts /codes do not apply to this performance.***
T: 573.882.3753

Announcing Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker coming to Columbia, MO on December 4, 2017, 7:00 PM at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts Jesse Auditorium

 

The one and only Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker will be in Columbia, MO on December 4, 2017, 7:00 PM at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts- Jesse Auditorium . Tickets on sale now!

All ages are invited to celebrate Christmas with the Moscow Ballet company of almost 40 ballerinas and danseurs on their 25th Anniversary Tour of North America in 2017. Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is known for its award-winning Principal Dancers, lavish costumes in the style of the Victorian era, many backdrops created by “La La Land’ Set Concept designer Carl Sprague, and its Russian focus including life-sized Matryoshka Dolls, Russian folk legends Ded Moroz (Father Christmas) and Snegurochka (Snow Maiden) and Troika Sleigh. Adults and children enjoy the special effects of the flapping winged owl on the Grandfather clock, the growing 50 ft tall Christmas Tree, the Dove of Peace with a 20ft wingspan, and of course, the leaps, spins, and extraordinary moves of the company all performed to Tchaikovsky’s complete and incomparable score.

For twenty-five years Moscow Ballet has been consistently embraced by audiences and the press on their North American tours. “The Russians remain the principal keepers of the classical ballet tradition.” Eric Harrison, Arkansas Democrat Gazette, 2016.The Principal Dancers receive accolades, “Danced exquisitely by...Ekaterina Bortiakova, her technical prowess, especially in her footwork and turns, coupled with an endearing smile and girlish innocence, was…truly great," from Cleveland Plain Dealer 2014. Canada’s Stephan Bonfield, with the Calgary Herald, writes, “Great Russian Nutcracker …resplendently detailed, colourful production…technically supreme dancing, dazzling moments, authentically opulent and beautifully detailed costumes.” The New York Times Chief Dance Critic Alastair Macaulay, 2010, sums it up, “The Russian ballet style is expansive… elegantly generous, and so the experience is never meager.”

Columbia area Ballet Students called to Audition for Moscow Ballet’s Maria Morari Tuesday, August 29 at Host Studio School of Missouri Contemporary Ballet

Columbia area ballet students ages 7 to 17 are invited to audition on Tuesday August 29, 5:00pm for Moscow Ballet Soloist and Audition Director Maria Morari at Host Dance Studio School of Missouri Contemporary Ballet, 110 Orr Street, Suite 102 Columbia, MO 65201. 

The Moscow Ballet audition is open to students from dance studios across the city with a minimum one year of ballet training. Ballerina Maria will lead auditions and rehearse the young dancers in their assigned roles. Successful auditionees perform side-by-side with the Moscow Ballet company in the Great Russian Nutcracker in roles which were created exclusively for their age and skill levels such as Party Children, Mice, Snowflakes, Snow Maidens and more. Maria also leads the young dancers at dress rehearsal with the Russian company the day of the performance. This is often a once-in-a-lifetime experience for aspiring young dancers. The Dance-with-Us program is entirely underwritten by 501c-3 Cultural Resources Foundation. Auditions are free, there may be a casting fee. Sign up to audition today at www.nutcracker.com/youth-auditions .

The selected children will perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker Dec 4 at University of Missouri Theatre of the Arts.

The mission of the not-for-profit School of Missouri Contemporary Ballet is to cultivate the artistic and personal development of all students by providing a supportive environment of dance study which motivates and inspires. The School of Missouri Contemporary Ballet’s vision is to develop the skills of the student both professionally and artistically by introducing both traditional and innovative dance technique. This vision is supported by two fundamental principles: continual growth and the pursuit of excellence. The School of Missouri Contemporary Ballet is guided by the strategic ideals of Missouri Contemporary Ballet; providing education, promoting involvement in the arts, and enriching the community. These goals require hiring the highest caliber instructors, developing a competitive yet supportive class structure, and retaining students dedicated to the study of dance. Attaining the vision requires diligence, creativity, confidence, and fortitude from staff, instructors, students, and supporters.

About Township Auditorium

Jesse Hall was named in honor of Richard H. Jesse, the University President until 1908. The west wing housed the library, and the east wing housed an auditorium for “entertainment and erudition.” The Auditorium, as it was called prior to 1922, served many purposes on the campus. It played host to everything from spirit rallies to lectures to debates to theatrical productions. Many well-known orators of the day lectured here, including William Jennings Bryan (Jan. 13, 1900) and Amelia Earhart (Oct. 17, 1936).

In the 1950s, shortly after condemning the balcony due to concerns about the wooden timbers, the fire marshal advised the university to come up with a better plan. The result is the Auditorium known today, which is not only the largest performance venue at the University of Missouri but also the largest in Columbia. The Auditorium attracts first-class performers including Jerry Seinfeld, Ray Charles, Emmylou Harris and Maya Angelou, just to name a few. The Auditorium hosts more than 200 events a year, many of which are presented by University academic, staff and student groups.