Above: Student dancers, who will be performing alongside the Moscow Ballet professionals in the Great Russian Nutcracker on December 24, earned second place for their float in the annual Bakersfield Christmas Parade! Congratulations to all!
Bakersfield Area Student Dancers Performed with
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker is
Coming to Bakersfield with 20th Anniversary Production!
The special 20th Anniversary production of Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker in 2012 overflows with a spectacular new "Dove of Peace," where 2 dancers become one stunning bird, inspired by the early works of Stanislov Vlasov, original choreographer and director of Moscow Ballet's inaugural Great Russian Nutcracker. The production also features a Christmas tree that grows to 7 stories tall; falling snow and Troika- styled sleigh escorted by Russian folk characters Ded Moroz (Father Christmas) and Snegurochka (Snow Maiden); towering hand-made silk puppets; 200 all new, lavish costumes; and 9 hand-painted backdrops, all set to Pyotr Tchaikovsky's complete Nutcracker Suite score.
For 20 years, Great Russian Nutcracker performances have featured the finest Russian ballerinas and danseurs. From former Bolshoi soloist Stanislov Vlasov and partner Lilia Sabitova (People's Artist of Russia) in 1993 to the classic Marina Alexandrova and Vitaly Zabelin in 1996; danseur and upstart choreographer Anatolie Emelianov and Honored Artist of Russia Tatiana Predenia in 2002; Varna IBC Gold Medalists Cristina and Alexei Terentiev in 2006; and award winning partners Karyna Shatkovskaya and Vladimir Tkachenko in 2011. Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker celebrates 20 years of soaring holiday spirit!
"Steeped in Russian flavor."
New York Times
The historic Fox Theatre opened its doors in 1930. It was the first to feature a "talkie" motion picture, premiering the sci-fi classic Just Imagine. The theater also featured live performances by some of the biggest names of that time, including Metropolitan Opera baritone Lawrence Tibbett, world-renowned soprano Kirsten Flagstad, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, and classic pianist Arthur Rubinstein. The Fox closed in 1977 due to waning popularity, reopening briefly in 1983. Formed in the early 1990s, the non-profit Fox Theatre Foundation ultimately purchased the building in 1994. It was restored to its original splendor, and today, hosts a variety of performances from music concerts and stage shows to community events.