Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center
Local Youth Set to Perform with Russian Pros!
Critically acclaimed Moscow Ballet and The School of Midland Festival Ballet will soon announce the cast list of student dancers who
will perform in the 20th Anniversary production of Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker at Wagner Noel Performing Arts
Center on December 27. Student dancers have been rehearsing with a Moscow Ballet Audition Director since the auditions, in preparation for their
ancillary roles that include Party Children, Mice, Angels, Butterflies, Snowflakes, and more.
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker is
Returning to Midland-Odessa 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!
"[The dancing] is so fluid and carefree."
My West Texas— Midland/Odessa
Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center is located at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UTPB), and is the culmination of diligence on the part of many civic leaders and citizens in Midland and Odessa. The center hosts a variety of performances as well as cultural and community events. The center is named for Lissa and Cy Wagner of Midland and the late Ellen Noel of Odessa, whose combined donation toward its construction totaled $10 million. The project has also received funding from the Texas legislature and the University of Texas System.