THE NUTCRACKER’ WASN’T ALWAYS A BELOVED BALLET. EARLY CRITICS LIKED ONLY THE MUSIC.
The critics were not kind after the first performance of “The Nutcracker” ballet in 1892 in St. Petersburg, Russia. The battle scene was called clumsy, the costumes were described as dull, and the Sugar Plum Fairy was dissed as chubby (our word, not theirs). Even the composer found the premiere “rather boring.”
But the music — oh, that wonderful music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky — got rave reviews. And it still does. Somewhere along the way, seeing “The Nutcracker” became a holiday tradition. Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker teams with local dance studios to find young talent to put onstage with the pros.
This year marks Corbin Holloway’s sixth “Nutcracker” role with Moscow Ballet. His first was at age 7, before he had even started ballet classes. Now the Rockville, MD preteen has a featured role in the Bethesda show’s “Celebration Dance” scene.
MOSCOW BALLET FEATURED IN NEW MICHELLE OBAMA BOOK
In a sneak preview of her new book, Michelle Obama looks back on the darkest day her and her husband faced while living in the White House – the day of the Sandy Hook shooting. She eloquently recounts the gratefulness she felt for her daughter as she watched her perform on stage with the Moscow Ballet, stating “she could give herself over to it, at least for a moment, allowing herself to move through this heaven where nobody spoke and everyone danced and a holiday was always just about to arrive.”
|Picture credit: Pete Souza – The White House – Former President Barack Obama works on his remarks for a vigil in Newtown at a dress rehearsal of the Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker,” in which his daughter, Sasha, portrayed a mouse, at the Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda, Maryland, Dec. 16, 2012.
Sasha Obama portrayed a mouse in Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker through the “Dance-with-Us” program.
Moscow Ballet honors John O’Reilly in light of O’Reilly’s new book, My Observations. O’Reilly’s new book titled My Observations detailsobservations made “during the author’s twenty-five years with Recovery Acres Society, a special care facility for people with drug and alcohol problems. During O’Reilly’s time at Recovery Acres Society, he presented Moscow Ballet productions across Canada for more than six years starting in 2007.
Moscow Ballet Featured as Peace Maker on CNN World-Wide
(CNN)News Anchor Christi Paul interviewed Moscow Ballet producer Akiva Talmi, local Atlanta Ballet student performing in the show and Russian Ballet Super Star and Moscow ballet performer Andrey Batalov. Allegations of Russian collusion may have cast a spotlight on divisions in the political arena, but there's at least one stage where Russia and the US seem to be in step and that is with Moscow Ballet!
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