Memory Lane

Returning to Theatres Christmas 2022!

The 2022 Great Russian Nutcracker tour will be the first year back in North American theaters since 2019. But it also marks the 30th Anniversary of the production in America! We’re digging through our photo albums and remembering the epic highs and decades-spanning history of one of the key classical ballet companies of the modern era. Take a stroll down memory lane with these archival photo gems as we contemplate how far we’ve come and remember that the best is yet to come!

1 once a grand jete, always a grand jete 2 1991 v. kim and m. kullick glasnost from kirov 

Moscow Ballet’s version of the Nutcracker ballet, known as the “Great Russian Nutcracker,” includes unique elements in the telling of the traditional holiday tale. It is set in Moscow with the city’s famous onion-domed skyline featured as a backdrop. Traditional Russian folk characters Ded Moroz (Father Christmas) and Snegurochka (Snow Maiden) escort Masha and the Nutcracker Prince to the dream world of Act II. In the early nineties, Vlasov created the Great Russian Nutcracker’s exclusive “Land of Peace and Harmony” and the “Dove of Peace” role.

Nutcracker Soldier and the Rat King - a fight almost as old as time Russian Variation 2008 

Arabian Variation 2008 Snowflakes in the Waltz of the Snow Forest Moscow Ballet's Costumes, Props and Drops have changed throughout the years

The latest and greatest!

Today, Moscow Ballet’s acclaimed Great Russian Nutcracker is a holiday tradition in households across North America. The tour crosses the US and Canada annually performing in many cities including Los Angeles, Boston, Dallas, Houston, Vancouver and over 120 more. The stars come from many of the great Russian Ballet and Opera Houses, such as Sergey Chumakov and Elena Petrichenko from Perm, stars Iryna Borysova and Oleksandr Skulkin trained at the National Ballet of Ukraine in Kiev, and Principal Ballerina Alexandra Elagina is from Kazan National Opera and Ballet. Most performances also include local children who have auditioned and trained with the masters. Moscow Ballet, and its acclaimed Great Russian Nutcracker, promotes appreciation of the ballet art form and brings families together at the holidays.

 5 moscow ballet's masha in high arabesque and oversized nesting doll 3 img_9156

5b img_9266 11 russian father christmas and dancers in the great russian nutcracker

This Tour Will Be Special

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker Exclusive Membership ProgramMembership

Members get the best seats and the best prices on tickets until February 1! Reserve your copy of the new Retrospective Book showcasing Moscow Ballet's greatest photography in a luscious coffee-table format and the 30th Anniversary wooden Nutcracker for your collection. Get your family the best seats for your favorite Christmas tradition at the best prices before February 1!

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