Nutcracker Ballet - Oklahoma City (OK)

Performances
GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER
Rose State College Hudiburg Chevrolet Center
Sunday, November 19, 2017 - 5:00 pm
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Hailing from Mariinsky, Kiev, & more top Russian Schools, Moscow Ballet Dances through 100+ Cities on 2016 tour Oklahoma City, OK

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 Oklahoma City, OK at Rose State College Hudiburg Chevrolet Centeron November 25 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets go to www.nutcracker.com/buy-tickets.

Calling local student dancers to audition on Saturday, August 13 to perform in Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker in Oklahoma City

Calling local student dancers to audition to perform side-by-side with the professional company in Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker returning to Oklahoma City!  Moscow Ballet Soloist and Audition Directors Olena Nalyvaiko and Mariia Skoruk will be present Saturday, August 13, 10:00am at Moscow Ballet’s local Host Dance Studio Julia’s School of Dance, 1229 W. Lindsey Street  Norman, OK 73069 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 8 at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. 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.

Julia’s School of Dance has open for 5 years and is a predominately Classical Ballet school but also offer hip-hop, contemporary, ballroom, tap and jazz classes. At Julia’s School of Dance your child will practice the fundamentals correctly, avoiding unnecessary injuries and traumas (SAFETY);  will learn correct terminology for all of the movements and techniques, providing competence in scholastic advancement  (KNOWLEDGE); will acquire the true essence of being a dancer, including the ethics and aesthetics (BEAUTY); will become a highly disciplined artist – a proven factor to improve performance in school and better behavior at home (CONSISTENCY); will showcase their talent and skills mastered at Julia’s and be a part of professional performing arts productions (PURPOSE) and can advance to certification level awarded by industry recognized dance professionals. This certification provides your child entrance into advanced levels of training or performing (CREDIBILITY). Former Moscow Ballet Soloist and Audition Director/P.R. spokesperson Svetlana Todinova is now ballet teacher at Julia’s.

Oklahoma City’s Shalini Abeyewardene accompanies Moscow Ballet Principal Ballerina in Musical Wunderkind performance Friday, November 25 at Rose State College Hudiburg Chevrolet Center

Oklahoma City pre-professional violinist Shalini Abeyewardene accompaniesMoscow Ballet Principal Ballerina Ekaterina Bortiakova in a pre-curtain performance of Saint-Saëns’ iconic “Dying Swan,” now known as the major influence on modern interpretations of Odette in Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, on Friday, November 25 at 7 p.m.at Rose State College Hudiburg Chevrolet Center .  The local Wunderkind youth is chosen to perform for their proven expertise and has the rare opportunity to accompany an acclaimed ballerina before a live audience. This performance within a performance is part of the Moscow Ballet “Musical Wunderkind” program which is annually brought to cities on the company’s Great Russian Nutcracker tour. Moscow Ballet provides interactive art enrichment for youth in communities in which it performs via Musical Wunderkind, New Horizons - A Children’s Program for Life and Dance with Us programs. More information and tickets at www.nutcracker.com/your-city.

Shalini Abeyewardene started playing violin ten years ago in the private studio of Robin Edwards, where she is currently the Chamber Music Leader as well as an accomplished pianist. Following her completion of the Suzuki Violin series at age twelve, she has performed for weddings and community events and participated in competitions sponsored by the Oklahoma City Orchestra League. She is an active Student Advisory Board member and first violin section member in the elite Oklahoma Youth Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Eric Garcia. She recently toured with the Oklahoma Youth Orchestra to Europe, where she performed in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler and Leipzig, Germany and in Prague, Czech Republic.

About the Rose State College Hudiburg Chevrolet Center

The Rose State College Hudiburg Chevrolet Center is a premier educational facility and cultural venue for Rose State College students and central Oklahoma.

The heart of the center is the 1,400-seat theater which has  exceptional theatrical capabilities, superb acoustics, and hosts a variety of live cultural and educational events. The exterior of the building features a 336-seat amphitheater designed to host various outdoor events and performances.