Moscow Ballet Presents 2007 Great Russian Nutcracker USA Tour Dec. 12-13 in Bedell Performance Hall

Photo of the Nutcracker performance.

The Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts proudly presents the Moscow Ballet’s 2007 Great Russian Nutcracker USA Tour.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov. 26, 2007 — The Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts proudly presents the Moscow Ballet’s 2007 Great Russian Nutcracker USA Tour at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12-13 in the new Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall located in the Cultural Arts Center at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus. 

This Nutcracker Ballet is being presented in more than 90 cities across America, with performances beginning in early November. Now celebrating its 15th annual USA tour, the Moscow Ballet’s artists will cross the country in November and December, with Artistic Directors Anatoli Emelianov and Vladimier Trashenko leading simultaneous tours of the beloved holiday classic.

Acclaimed for exquisite dancing and spectacular sets and costumes, critics rave that Anatoli Emelianov’s “Great Russian Nutcracker” is “flawless,” “breathtaking,” and “dazzling.”  Whimsical and imaginative storytelling blend with the richness of Russian classical dance to make the “Great Russian Nutcracker” a memorable holiday treat for everyone.

Emelianov’s “Nutcracker” has been praised by critics for its unique setting of Act II in the “Land of Peace and Harmony.” To convey his message of peace, Emelianov incorporates an ethereal dove that escorts Masha and the Prince to a land where there is no war and suffering.

Honoring Moscow Ballet’s commitment to making a difference in the arts, local children will appear with the 132 Russian dancers on their tour in Cape Girardeau. Last year, more than 6,000 U.S. children performed with Moscow Ballet as part of its educational outreach campaign, “Celebrating Children … The Arts Can Make a Difference.” 

Great Russian Nutcracker

Set against Valentin Fedorov’s spectacular scenic design, replete with dancing, larger-than-life puppets and the backdrop of unicorns, exotic birds and animals, Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker” is the must-see production of 2007. The sets were inspired by the art of French Post-Impressionist painter Henri Rousseau, who worked in the Naïve, Primitive style. Federov is a graduate of the world-renowned, Moscow-based Stanislavski Institute, where the method-acting system used by many Hollywood actors was developed.

The cast features luminaries of Perm, Vaganova, Moscow State Academic Choreographic and Kiev schools.  Ballet Master Vladimir Troschenko and Chief Choreographer Anatoli Emelianov return as company directors. 

Vladimir Troschenko has partnered ballet legends Nadia Pavlova, and “Peoples’ Artists of the USSR” Ludmila Semenyaka, and Galina Mezentseva.  Troschenko continues the grand style of Russian classical ballet.  Bridging the classical era with Russia’s new generation of dancers, Troschenko will introduce prima ballerinas Masha Makerneko, Ekatherine Bortyakova (winner Vaganova, Kazan, Arabesque IBCs) and principal artists Dmitri Zavalevich and Akjol Musakhanov.

Emelianov’s choreography includes “Romeo and Juliet,” “Daylight Leaves the Earth,” “Cinderella,” “Carmen,” “Cross Winds,” “Martin Luther,” and “Tristan and Isolde.”  He will partner “Honored Artist of Russia,” Prima Ballerina Irina Surneva, winner of two Moscow IBC and St. Petersburg IBC awards. Scenic designers Valetin Fedorov and Evgenie Gurenko have created a spectacular holiday production with numerous new scenes and larger-than-life puppets.  

Moscow Ballet

The Moscow Ballet touring company is best known for its annual Great Russian Nutcracker holiday productions. The company evolved out of the all-star Russian cast “Glasnost Festival Tour” (1986-92), created by award-winning Juilliard alumnus, composer/conductor and theatrical producer, Akiva Talmi. Moscow Ballet made its debut in 1993, with an all-star Russian cast presenting the “Great Russian Nutcracker,” directed and choreographed by Stanislav Vlasov (soloist, Bolshoi Theatre).

The company embarked on a six-week, eight-city tour featuring major cities across the United States. In 1994, Moscow Ballet invited the Moscow State Theatre of Natalia Sats and the theatre’s full orchestra to expand the company to an 88-artist tour. Its signature production was billed as the “19th Century Classical Nutcracker.” South Carolina Public Television produced a full-length Nutcracker at Washington’s Constitution Hall, underwritten by National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). In 2003, Moscow Ballet announced the appointment of Anatoli Emelianov (winner of the Diagelev award) and Vladimir Troshenko, (director of Odessa Ballet Theater) as artistic directors.  Over the years, Moscow Ballet has increased the size and scope of its tour adding Cinderella, Swan Lake and Carmen to its schedule.

Tickets are available at the door or in advance at the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by calling (573) 651–2265. Tickets also may be purchased online at metrotix.com, keyword “nutcracker” or by calling toll free (800) 293-5949.