Nutcracker Ballet - Portland (ME)

Performances
GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER
State Theatre
Sunday, December 2, 2018 - 3:00 pm
T: 800.745.3000

Announcing Moscow Ballet’s Dove of Peace Tour in Portland!

 

Experience Moscow Ballet’s Dove of Peace Tour  presenting world class ballerinas and danseurs in over 100 cities across North America this holiday season. CNNspoke with Producer Akiva Talmi about the ballet’s unique Dove of Peace character which was inspired by Bolshoi Principal Artists’ performance in NYC in 1957, and first presented by Moscow Ballet as a single ballerina costumed in 2 lightly feathered wings. Talmisays, “Masha flies on the wings of the Dove of Peace around the world seeking peace and harmony. She goes to France, Italy, Africa -- all around the world, and she finds peace and harmony through love.” In Act II Masha and her Nutcracker Prince arrive in the “Land of Peace and Harmony” (traditionally called the Land of Sweets) and celebrate the great heritages of the world including African, Asian, European, Hispanic and Slavic.

Moscow Ballet Announces Youth Auditions for the “Great Russian Nutcracker” Saturday, August 25 in Portland

Moscow Ballet’s community engagement program “Dance-with-Us ” brings the historic Russian Vaganova ballet pedagogy to American children in each city on the N American Tour.  Moscow Ballet Audition Director Alisa Bolotnikova arrives in Portland on Saturday, August 25 at 10:00am to audition local dance students for roles in the Great Russian Nutcracker!

Ballerina Alisa auditions and rehearses children ages 6 to 17 years with at least 1 year of ballet training. Children’s roles are as Party Children, Mice, Snowflakes, Snow Maidens, and more. Auditions are free, there may be a casting fee. Dress rehearsal is on stage with the Russian company and children’s costumes are provided by Moscow Ballet. Rehearsals run through the fall and take place at Moscow Ballet Host Studio Drouin Dance Center, 90 Bridge Street, #325 Westbrook, ME 04092. Sign up to audition www.nutcracker.com/auditions .

The selected children will perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker Sunday, December 2, 3:00pm matinee, at State Theatre.  Buy Tickets

Drouin Dance Center students range from age one through seventy, and some families have danced with DDC across three generations. Curriculum is written for recreational dancers as well as students aspiring to study dance at an intensive pre-professional level, with all students developing self-esteem and self-discipline. Skilled, professional and high energy instructors constantly continue their own studies of dance and dance education. The studio is proud to be affiliated with the prestigious Dance Masters of America organization. As one of the few schools in the state of Maine that is affiliated and studies with Dance Masters of America, studio instructors are certified by test. Instructors have danced professionally and have strong national dance credentials. Most importantly, they are educators.

About The State Theatre

The State Theatre is a historic theater featuring a combination of Moorish and Art Deco architecture. The State Theatre's doors opened to the public for the first time November 8, 1929, when tickets were ten cents to a quarter, to 2,200 invited patrons for Gloria Swanson's first talkie, The Trespasser and then served as a top-tier first run motion picture house for over 30 years. The State only flirted briefly with silent films and vaudville before transitioning completely to Hollywood's biggest first run sound films of the day. In the mid-1930s the State Theatre began a children's matinee program, showing the most popular cartoons of the day, such as Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, and Popeye. Since its grand re-opening in October 2010 under the partnership of Crothers and The Bowery Presents , the State Theatre has hosted such acts as the Avett Brothers, Elvis Costello, Skrillex, Bassnectar, Trey Anastasio, Mastodon, Gillian Welch, Iron & Wine, Bright Eyes, Excision, Pixies, The Flaming Lips, Flux Pavilion, Pretty Lights, FUN and Of Monsters of Men, MGMT, Arctic Monkeys.