(BERKSHIRES, Mass.) January 21, 2016– Moscow Ballet closes its 23rd season in N America with a fifth consecutive year of double digit increase in ticket sales for the Great Russian Nutcracker. The tour was in virtually all the top 20 US DMAs (not Boston, Atlanta or Seattle), with premiers in Houston and San Francisco, and in 60 more cities across the country.
The Moscow Ballet company, with award winning and critically acclaimed principal dancers, large corps de ballet and extravagant costumes and sets hand-crafted in Russia, attracts audiences of all ages and heritages (no language barriers) filling theatres large and small. Producers attribute the annual growth in audiences to the company’s commitment to get to know the communities in which they perform. From Maria Whaley with Ashland Youth Ballet: “Wow! What a tremendous experience we (Dance with Us students) had this year. As a group that has worked with this program multiple times, this year's performance was the strongest yet! Please convey to Akiva and Mary our gratitude for their work and commitment to artistic mastery and growth.” The Moscow Ballet Dance with Us program has brought more than 96,600 student dancers, ages 7 to 16 years, on stage with the professionals since 1993 (approximately 70 cities x 60 students x 23 years); the Musical Wunderkind program combines art forms pairing pre-professional string musicians and Moscow Ballet Principal Ballerina in live performances of Saint Saen’s “Dying Swan’ since 2011; and New Horizons – A Children’s Program for Life reaches out to children in tour cities with a morning, day or week long program creating healthy physical, nutritional and creative habits in children through interactions with the Russian role models. Over 8,000 children have participated to date. Albany Times Union staff photographer Michael P. Farrell shares, “I like this photograph (of Moscow Ballet Dance with Us students-see above) particularly, because.in this photograph showing local dance students rehearsing with the Moscow Ballet, we could be seeing a future principal dancer with the New York Ballet, a Nobel Prize-winner or a future world leader.” Bucking traditional perceptions of ballet as being a “hard sell” to the mainstream consumer, Moscow Ballet producers consistently grow ballet audiences transforming them into loyal patrons. Highlights of community outreach in 2015 include:
Moscow Ballet-In addition to the Great Russian Nutcracker, Moscow Ballet repertory includes classic ballets Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella and more. For more than 20 years the company has featured award-winning and rising star dancers, from Lilia Sabitova in 1994 to Alisa Voronova in 2014. The company performs 100 engagements annually across North America and in 15 of the top twenty demographic market areas. Moscow Ballet receives critical acclaim and is regularly invited to present at National Press Clubevents. In addition to public performances, the company’s mission and national platform enables it to share the Russian Vaganova ballet training with over 5000 American dance students annually in Dance with Us. Intensive cultural immersion project “New Horizons – A Children’s Program for Life” benefits thousands of school children and programs Musical Wunderkind and Summer Intensivesalso touch the lives of many children and young adults. For over 20 years Moscow Ballet’s partnership with corporations and not-for-profit organizations such as the President’s Challenge Program and Children’s Hospitals has raised revenue for significant causes. www.moscowballet.com.
Talmi Entertainment is the exclusive North American representation for Moscow Ballet which performs annually in about eighty cities from NYC to LA and Miami to Calgary. Under Talmi Entertainment management Moscow Ballet delivers unparalleled Russian artistry in the classic ballets Romeo and Juliet, Great Russian Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Swan Lake and more. With the fall of the Iron Curtain, Talmi Entertainment presented the “International Glasnost Tours” in the US out of which grew the annual Great Russian Nutcracker tours. “Glasnost” featured highlights from the great ballets and the newest contemporary dance from Russia performed by Vadim Bondar, Svetlana Smirnova and Tatiana Chernobrovkina from Stanislavsky Ballet; Alexei Malykin Bolshoi Ballet; Vladimir Kim and Margarita Kullick Kirov (now Mariinsky) Ballet; Stanislav Fecho and Prima Ballerina Jana Kurova of the National Ballet of Czechoslovakia; Maria Ivanova and Andrei Glazsheider of the Stanislavski and Demirovich Theatres. Talmi Entertainment was founded by award-winning Juilliard School alumnus, composer, conductor and producer, Akiva Talmi.