Moscow Ballet's THE GREAT RUSSAN NUTCRACKER Returns To The State Theatre

Moscow Ballet's THE GREAT RUSSAN NUTCRACKER Returns To The State TheatreIn celebration of the 25th Anniversary North American Tour of Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker, and other classic story ballets, Moscow Ballet Producers Akiva and Dan Talmi launched a record size tour. The tour features leading soloists from such world renown and prestigious State Opera Ballet Theatres as the Mariinsky Ballet Theatre, Kiev National Theater, Perm Ballet Theater, Odessa State Academic Ballet Theatre, and the Almaty State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre. Never before have so many ballerinas and danseurs, from the highest regarded ballet theaters across Russia, assembled in one tour to over 130 U.S. and Canadian cities. "Excelling in both synchrony and grace...Both male and female corps were outstanding all night," Stephan Bonfield, Calgary Herald

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker on the East Tour is in Easton at the State Theatre on Sunday, December 10. Show times are 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm. Tickets are $43, $38 and $33 for children 12 and under and can be purchased by visiting the State Theatre Box Office, 453 Northampton Street, Easton, by calling 1-800-999-STATE, 610-252-3132 or online at www.statetheatre.org. Sponsored by 69 WFMZ, WDIY 88.1 FM, 100.7 WLEV, B104 & News Radio AM 790 WAEB.

In response to demand in major markets in 2017 producers added a third show in the legendary Fox Theatre in Detroit, a second show in the Fabulous Fox Theater in St. Louis, a second performance in Brooklyn's historic and newly restored King's Theatre, and premieres in the "Grand Ole Opry in Nashville and Toyota Oakdale Theater in Hartford. Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker is the only fully produced (One 60' growing Christmas Tree, seven backdrops featuring Russian heritage, 10-foot tall puppets, 40 dancers, and 100 costumes for each of the three tours) national tour of the Christmas favorite. The new backdrops and costumes were hand-made in Russia at a 300-year old theatrical shop that also builds for La Scala and others. Tickets are in high demand and 2017 sales are up by double digits compared to last year at this time. Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker appeals to city dwellers and small-town citizens, 'tweens to pensioners, ballet aficionados and families. "Lively and resourceful... Virtuosity...Fleet authority...disarmingly poetic," Lewis Segal, Los Angeles Times. There is simply nothing like it.

EAST Tour Principal and Featured Dancers include: Iryna Borysova, recipient of Bronze Medal from Ukraine's International Ballet Competition Named After "Serge Lifar" in Kiev, was awarded as Finalist at the Varna International Ballet Competition and Partner Kostyantyn Vinovoy, Laureate of Serge Lifar International Ballet Competition in Ukraine, participated in "The Young Ballerina Festival" in Nagoya, Japan. Veronika Hordina won First Place for her performance of "Halitska Terpsichore" at the International Youth Competition of Choreography in Kiev and Olekseii Potiomkin won Silver at 3rd Istanbul International Ballet Competition; Bronze at International Ballet Competition Kiev and received Diploma of Distinction at International Junior Competition named after Grigorovich.

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 connects the Russian dancers directly with American children and young adults. In addition, many Moscow Ballet performances have a fund-raising component for organizations such as hospitals, children's museums and more. www.moscowballet.com.

Talmi Entertainment - is the exclusive representation for Moscow Ballet's North American Tours which occur annually in more than 100 cities, from NYC to LA, and Miami to Calgary. Under Talmi Entertainment management Moscow Ballet delivers unparalleled Russian artistry in the classic story ballets Great Russian Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Swan Lake and more. Talmi Entertainment was founded by Richard Rodgers and Leonard Bernstein Metropolitan Opera Guild Award award-winning composer, conductor and producer, Akiva Talmi. www.talmientertainment.com


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