2011 Tickets On Sale

Moscow Ballet brings International Ballet Competition (IBC) Medalists to premiere in East Tour and Acclaimed Principals return on West Tour 2011!

March 27, 2011  |  By Moscow Ballet

For Immediate Release:

On Sale dates announced for Great Russian Nutcracker tickets for first 19 cities on 2011 tour
Contact: Sally Michael Keyes
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(BERKSHIRES, MA) Mar 27, 2011 – Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker premieres alternating pairs of award-winning principal dancers as Masha (aka Clara) and the Nutcracker Prince on the 2011 East Tour and acclaimed returning principals on the West Tour.  Each tour includes a corps of 30 plus impeccably trained Russian dancers.

Moscow Ballet’s beloved Christmas story received critical acclaim in 2010; “Expansive… the Russian style is elegantly generous, and so the experience is never meager” Alastair Macaulay  NY Times; “When performed by masters like these {Moscow Ballet}, ballet seems effortless, elegant, and easy” Twin Cities Daily Planet, “Aristocratic finesse” Don Rosenberg Plain Dealer; “Breathtaking, awe-inspiring” Charleston Today; “Spellbinding, fabulous,” San Francisco Stark Insider; and “Astounding” Charles Downey ionarts.com.  Set to Tchaikovsky’s famous score, Moscow Ballet features 200 lavish costumes, larger-than-life Russian puppets and 9 hand-painted backdrops that are embellished with 3-D effects.  2011 marks Moscow Ballet’s 19th annual Great Russian Nutcracker tour to 60+ cities across North America. Ballet Master Andre Litvinov, from the Chisinau State Opera and Ballet Theatre in Moldova, is Laureate of the International Ballet Competition (IBC) Romania, 1996; Grigorovich IBC 2000; Danovsky IBC, and the Diagelev Prize.  On April 1 tickets will go on sale in the first 19 cities of the tour: Asheville NC, Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, El Paso, Evansville IN, Grand Forks, Knoxville, Lakeland FL, Lakewood NJ, Little Rock, Lockport NY, N Charleston, Rochester NY, Rosemont IL, VA Beach, Wilmington NC and Youngstown OH.  More cities tba. Tickets start at $27.50 and group discounts are available for 10 or more. Contact us or call 800-320-1733.


EASTERN TOUR – 2 alternating pairs of award-winning principals

Premiering in the US in 2011 with Moscow Ballet, Natalia Toriashvili was awarded the prestigious IBC “Festival de la Danza” First Prize in Rieti, Italy in 2002 and “Honorable Mention for Inspirational Performance” at the Rudolf Nureyev Ballet Festival in Tatarstan. Born in 1995 in Tbilisi, aka Georgia and home to George Balanchine, she graduated from the Chabukiani Ballet Academy. Toriashvili danced principal roles for the Ballet Theater Company of the St. Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory from 1995 to 2000 and is currently a principal with that company having rejoined them in 2007. Toriashvili danced with the Israeli Ballet in Tel-Aviv, Israel and the Yakobson Ballet Theater in St. Petersburg, Russia, named after the daring and innovative choreographer recognized for his modern works Spartacus and Rodin Living Sculptors. From 2003-4 she was principal dancer with The Imperial Ballet, working with founders and artistic directors Maya Plisetskaya and Gediminas Taranda. Toriashvili dances the lead role in the classic story ballets Giselle, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, and more as well as lesser known Onegin, Shekherazade, Symphony in C by Balanchine, Valse #7, The Moor's Pavane, Walpurgis Night and The Fairy Doll. She tours extensively in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

Ilya Zabotin, born in St Petersburg (then Leningrad) in 1985, graduated at 23 years from the Rudolph Nureyev Russian State Ballet Academy in Ufa, a major stop on the historic Trans-Siberian Railroad and the capital of Bashkortostan.  He was immediately invited to be principal dancer of the Yakobson Ballet Company (also known as State Ballet of Leningrad) in St. Petersburg and was there until 2007. Yakobson was soloist and choreographer for Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet for many years. Since 2007 Zabotin has been principal dancer of the Ballet Theater Company of the St Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory. He has a wide range of repertoire from pure classical ballet to ultra modern. He performs leading roles such as Tibalt in Romeo and Juliet, Jose and Young Man in Carmen, The Ecstasy and Eternal Idol in Yakobson’s Rodin Living Sculptors, Albrecht in Giselle, Prince Zigfried and  Rothbart in Swan Lake, the Prince in The Nutcracker, the Prince in Cinderella, Solor in La Bayadere, Ali in  Le Corsaire, Pierrot in The Fairy Doll, Basil in Don Quixote, as well as pas de deux and concert pieces from The Flames of Paris, Mad Dictator with choreography by Yakobson and more. 

Natalia Bashkirtseva is aDistinguished Artist of the Russian Federation” and a Bronze Medalist of the Petipa IBC in Moscow 1993 and will alternate as Masha with Toriashvili. She is a 1987 graduate of the prestigious Vaganova Ballet Academy, St Petersburg, and of the Leningrad State Academic Conservatory in 2003. She danced with the Ballet Theater Company of the St Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory from 1987 to 1991 as principal and with the modern Askold Makarov Ballet, formerly the Yacobson Ballet. She also danced for the Russian Ballet Theater; the Mikhailovsky Theater as principal dancer and Ballet Mistress; and is currently with the Ballet Theater Company of St. Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory as principal dancer and Ballet Mistress. Bashkirtseva travels extensively performing in Europe, Asia, North and South America. Her repertoire includesprincipal roles in Giselle, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Sheherezade, Don Quixote and more. Contemporary repertoire includes work by Leonid Yakobson, Maurice Bejart, and Oleg Vinogradov. 

Andre Besov will alternate with Zabotin as the Nutcracker Prince. Hewas born in Saint Petersburg in 1980 and began dance training at ten years at the Vaganova Ballet Academy, known as one of the world's leading ballet schools. In 1998 Besov graduated and his professional career started at the Ballet Theater Company of the St. Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory under artistic direction of Konstantin Tachkin. He was there for ten years. Besov has worked in the following ballet companies as principal dancer and guest artist: the Latvia National Opera in the capitol Riga; Vanemuine Theater in Tartu, Estonia; the world famous Hermitage Theater, in St. Petersburg; the Mikhalovsky Theater in St. Petersburg; and the Ballet Theater Company of the St. Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory.Besov’s repertoire includes the principal role in the most often performed classic story ballets as well as modern repertoire: Prince Désiré in Sleeping Beauty; Prince Sigfried in Swan Lake; the Prince in The Nutcracker; Albrecht in Giselle; Romeo in Romeo and Juliet andPhœbus de Châteaupers in Esmeralda.


WESTERN TOUR – Elagina and Ustimov, acclaimed in the East, premiere in the West


Alexandra Elagina makes her debut in Western US and Canada as Masha (aka Clara) in Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker performing in over 30 cities.  She made her US debut on the 2010 Eastern tour to critical acclaim, “Brimful with feeling,” NY Times and“Exuded the essence of delicacy,” Charleston Today. Elagina hails from Kazan, the sixth largest city in Russia, the “third capital of Russia.” She graduated from the Kazan Ballet Academy in 2006.  Immediately after graduation she was accepted as a soloist to Tatar’s Jalil State Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet which is considered to be home to one of the best troupes performing in Russia today. Elagina made her performing debut as the Fairy of Tenderness in Sleeping Beauty. Her roles and repertory include Fairy, Blue Bird and Cat in Sleeping Beauty; Snow White in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs; Masha, Doll and pas de trois in the Nutcracker; trio from La Corsaire; pas de trois and Little Swan in Swan Lake; Nikia, pas de trois, and pas d’action in La Bayadere; Phrygia in Spartacus; Solveig in Peer Gynt; Suimbike  in Shurale  and others. Elagina has toured France, Germany, Switzerland, Holland and the US. 

Anatolie Ustimov is a Laureate of the 2009 International Ballet Competitions (IBC) in Moscow and hails from Chisinau, the capitol of Moldova, a republic of the former Soviet Union.  He debuted as the Nutcracker Prince,on the 2010 Eastern tour of the Great Russian Nutcracker tour, to critical acclaim. “Masha and the Prince… a handsome pair of principal dancers,”iionarts.com DC, “Elagina and Ustimov…partnered beautifully and executed their solos with aristocratic finesse”Cleveland Plain Dealer, and “When performed by masters like these, ballet seems effortless, elegant, and easy” Twin Cities Daily Planet.  Ustimov graduated with honors from the State Academic Choreographic School of Moldova in 2001, and has been principal artist with the State Theater of Opera and Ballet of Moldova since 2000.  At just 28 years old, Ustimov is the archetypal male Russian dancer.  He boasts significant ballet repertoire including Siegfried in Swan Lake, Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, the Bluebird pas de deux in Sleeping Beauty, Albrecht in Giselle, and more. He, and wife Ekaterina, have been in Moscow Ballet productions since 2009. 

About the Performance - Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker tells the beloved Christmas story of the girl who falls in love with a Nutcracker Prince – with Russian flair. Praised by the NY Times as “thrilling and expansive,” the 40 impeccably trained Russian dancers leap, spin and lunge bringing the traditional story to life. The Act I Christmas party enchants with its magical toys, evil Mouse King and a journey through the glittering Snow Forrest. Unique to the Great Russian Nutcracker, Russian folk characters Father Christmas and the Snow Maiden escort Masha (aka Clara) to the Land of Peace and Harmony in Act II where she and the Nutcracker Prince are honored by emissaries from heritages the world over; African, Russian, Asian, European and Hispanic. Set to Pytor Tchaikovsky’s famous score, Moscow Ballet’s production features lavish costumes, nine hand-painted backdrops with 3-D ornamentation and fanciful, larger-than-life puppets designed by Russian puppet master Valentin Federov. A must see show for everyone in the family this holiday season! www.nutcracker.com 

History - Akiva Talmi Presents Inc. founded Moscow Ballet which is known for its annual, touring Great Russian Nutcracker and full-length productions of the classic story-ballets; Swan Lake, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and others. Created by award-winning Juilliard alumnus, composer/conductor and theatrical producer, Akiva Talmi, the organization evolved out of Talmi’s all-star Russian "Glasnost Festival Tour" (1986-92). Moscow Ballet made its debut in 1993 with the Great Russian Nutcracker which was directed and choreographed by soloist Stanislav Vlasov of the famous Bolshoi Theater. In 1994, Moscow Ballet invited the Moscow State Theatre of Natalia Sats, and the theatre's full orchestra, to expand the company to an 88-artist tour which was billed as the "19th Century Classical Nutcracker." In 2003, Anatoly Emelianov, then an upstart choreographer and winner of the Diagelev award, restaged the Great Russian Nutcracker to critical acclaim. Moscow Ballet continues to feature award-winning principals and top graduates of Perm, Vaganova, Moscow State Academic Choreographic and Kiev schools.