Nutcracker Ballet - Springfield (MO)

Gillioz Theatre
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 7:00 pm

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

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 Springfield, MO at Gillioz Theatre, Tuesday, November 29, 7:00 p.m. Tickets go to

Local Audition Information Coming Soon for Moscow Ballet's 2016 Springfield Performance!

Student dancers must have at least one year of ballet training, dress in dance attire and may bring Pointe shoes. Moscow Ballet’s “Dance with Us” program, in its 24th year, selects student dancers to perform ancillary roles of Party Children, Mice, Snowflakes, Angels, and more. One of our trained Russian audtion directors will be in town for several days to lead the audition and to rehearse the selected student dancers. “The true highlight of the night was seeing all the Calgary children who... should be congratulated for their very skilled and enthusiastic participation. 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, 2014. 

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About the Gillioz Theatre

The restoration of the Gillioz Theatre was completed in October 2006, eighty years after the original opening. In its early years, the Gillioz was Springfield’s premier entertainment venue, hosting a number of movie premiers and vaudeville shows. Both the lobby and auditorium have been restored to their original 1926 condition.

With a seating capacity of 1130, 690 on Orchestra level, and 440 in the Balcony, The Gillioz offers Springfield a perfect sized venue for many events.