Nutcracker Ballet - Indianapolis (IN)

Performances
GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER
Murat Theatre at Old National Centre
Sunday, November 27, 2016 - 3:00 pm

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

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 Indianapolis at the Old National Centre, Sunday, November 27, 3:00 p.m. matinee.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 Indianapolis.

The selected children will perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker Sunday, November 27 at the Murat Theatre at Old National Center. Moscow Ballet Soloist and Audition Director Anna Radik will conduct auditions Tuesday, September 6, 5:00pm at Moscow Ballet’s local Host Dance Studio, Stage 1 Dance Academy, 740 Fry Road Suite D, Greenwood, IN 46142 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.  The selected children will perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker SatDec 3 at the newly restored King's Theatre. 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.

Indianapolis’ Stage I Dance Academy’s mission is to create a positive, caring environment for every child that desires to dance. This is accomplished by giving every student the same special attention and by providing a qualified teaching staff that has a passion for dance and for teaching dance. The values associated with Stage I Dance Academy include high moral standards and teaching each student that to dance is to love. Other values include building self-confidence, responsibility, integrity, discipline, respect, dedication, teamwork, healthy bodies, and stage presence. The studio also houses A Dancer's Boutique which provides all dance needs at reasonable prices.

About Murat Theatre at Old National Centre

Murat Theatre at Old National Centre, originally known as the Murat Shrine, the oldest stage house in downtown Indianapolis, is now an entertainment venue. Originally built and owned by the Murat Shiners’, its namesake is the Nubian Desert oasis Bir Murat, which itself was named for Frenchman Joachim Murat, one of Napoleon's generals. The building features include stained-glass windows, terra cotta trim, and a 208 foot tall tower at the southeast corner. The Egyptian-themed auditorium opened coincidentally with the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922. In its early days it featured Broadway plays and a 1932 speech by Winston Churchill. Between 1948 and 1963, it was the only road show venue in Indianapolis and for a time it was the home of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. The main sections are the 1,800-seat concert hall, the 2,500-seat performing arts theater and nine more areas for hosting events.