Nutcracker Ballet - Columbia (MO)

Performances
GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER: CHRISTMAS STREAM
Get your digital ticket for Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker: Christmas Stream
Saturday, December 19, 2020 - 7:00 pm
Streaming in Columbia this Christmas

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker Christmas Stream

Go back to a simpler time and celebrate this Christmas tradition with the whole family! See Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker from the best seat in the house; your living room! Take this opportunity to spend quality time with loved ones and experience the smash-hit Holiday tradition in this ground-breaking debut. Take a trip backstage with the cameras for a look at how the magic is made. Hear it first-hand from world-class artists, designers, and the creators of this cherished production. See the full performance as captured on stage plus an up close look at the behind-the-scenes action. Make this Christmas special; don’t miss this celebration!

About the Jesse Auditorium

This year Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is streaming in Columbia, directly to your living room! In a regular year Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is performed at Jesse Hall, named in honor of Richard H. Jesse, the University President until 1908. The west wing housed the library, and the east wing housed an auditorium for “entertainment and erudition.” The Auditorium, as it was called prior to 1922, served many purposes on the campus. It played host to everything from spirit rallies to lectures to debates to theatrical productions. Many well-known orators of the day lectured here, including William Jennings Bryan (Jan. 13, 1900) and Amelia Earhart (Oct. 17, 1936).

In the 1950s, shortly after condemning the balcony due to concerns about the wooden timbers, the fire marshal advised the university to come up with a better plan. The result is the Auditorium known today, which is not only the largest performance venue at the University of Missouri but also the largest in Columbia. The Auditorium attracts first-class performers including Jerry Seinfeld, Ray Charles, Emmylou Harris and Maya Angelou, just to name a few. The Auditorium hosts more than 200 events a year, many of which are presented by University academic, staff and student groups.

Past Columbia Ballet Partnership: School of Missouri Contemporary Ballet

Nutcracker wouldn’t be Nutcracker without the local Children’s cast! Dancing along side the full professional Russian cast are local Columbia children from School of Missouri Contemporary Ballet. The mission of the not-for-profit School of Missouri Contemporary Ballet is to cultivate the artistic and personal development of all students by providing a supportive environment of dance study which motivates and inspires. The School of Missouri Contemporary Ballet’s vision is to develop the skills of the student both professionally and artistically by introducing both traditional and innovative dance technique. This vision is supported by two fundamental principles: continual growth and the pursuit of excellence. The School of Missouri Contemporary Ballet is guided by the strategic ideals of Missouri Contemporary Ballet; providing education, promoting involvement in the arts, and enriching the community. These goals require hiring the highest caliber instructors, developing a competitive yet supportive class structure, and retaining students dedicated to the study of dance. Attaining the vision requires diligence, creativity, confidence, and fortitude from staff, instructors, students, and supporters.