Moscow Ballet Presents: Great Russian Nutcracker
Live Events | 12/11/2017 | 7:00PM
Celebrate this Christmas with the experience taking North America by storm! Marking the 25th North American Anniversary Tour in 2017, Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker features over-the-top production values and world class Russian artists. Larger than life puppets and nesting dolls, and gloriously hand-crafted costumes bring the Christmas spirit to life. Gather the family and see why the press raves “Knock Out!” – New York Times, “Christmas Cheer!” – LA Times. Get the best seats today and make memories of a lifetime at Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker.
About Moscow Ballet:
2017 marks Moscow Ballet’s 25th consecutive year touring North America performing the acclaimed story ballets the Great Russian Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella and more. The company is known for presenting award-winning Ballerinas and Danseurs, from Lilia Sabitova in 1994 to Honored Artist of Russia Tatiana Predenia in 2002 to Andrey Batalov, former Principal Danseur with the Mariinsky Theatre in 2016. The company performs more than 100 engagements annually across Canada and the United States’ to sell-out audiences in the some of the finest performing arts venues. In addition to public performances, Moscow Ballet’s North America tours have always included community engagement programs. “Dance with Us” shares the Russian Vaganova ballet training with over 6000 American dance students annually bringing them on stage in ancillary roles to perform side-by-side with the professionals. Underwritten by Moscow Ballet, the program was developed by choreographer and co-producer Mary Giannone Talmi. “New Horizons – A Children’s Program for Life” is a cultural immersion program benefitting thousands of children across the country annually and Musical Wunderkind also connect the Russian dancers directly with American children and young adults. In addition, many Moscow Ballet performances have a fund raising component with not-for-profit organizations such as hospitals, not-for-profit organizations, Children’s Museums and more.
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker opens with magical Uncle Drosselmeyer preparing the life-sized toys he will bring to Mayor Stalhbaum’s Christmas Eve party. When he arrives, Masha, brother Fritz and friends are delighted! Masha loves her gift of the Nutcracker Doll, but all too soon mischievous Fritz breaks it! Heartbroken, Masha sleeps, an army of mice and the Rat King with the brave Nutcracker who defeats them with the help is Masha! The Nutcracker Prince and Masha journey through the Snow Forest meeting Russian folk legends Ded Moroz (Father Christmas) and Snegurochka (Snow Maiden) who escort them to the Land of Peace and Harmony. (There is a 20 minute Intermission.)
In Act II’s Land of Peace and Harmony the stunning 2-person Dove of Peace dances, welcoming Masha and Nutcracker Prince and a great celebration ensues! Emissaries from the world’s great cultures, Hispanic, African, Asian, European and Slavic, perform in honor of Masha and Nutcracker Prince. Playful animals, also from around the world, appear and represent gifts for Masha. The Hispanic bulls offer daring, African elephants wisdom and lions pride, Asian dragon playfulness, Slavic bears strength and European unicorns kindness. Masha and Nutcracker Prince are entertained by the Waltz of the Flowers and dance a grand Pas de Deux as their gift in return. Was the night all a dream?