"Great Russian Nutcracker"
Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015
About the Event
The holiday tradition returns! Experience the exquisite artistry of these world-class Russian dancers, playful puppets, and the unmatched splendor of hand-crafted sets and costumes. Moscow Ballet, with its company of nearly 40 dancers, is the only internationally touring ballet group to perform to critical acclaim in more than 75 North American cities annually. The renowned, award-winning principal dancers and corps de ballet will thrill the audience with their expertise, dramatic expression, and their stunning leaps, turns and drops—all set to Tchaikovsky’s famous score. Bring the whole family to the most breathtaking celebration of the season! Be sure to get your tickets early because this performance is a sell-out each year.
The Principal Dancers
Ekaterina Bortiakova performs Great Russian Nutcracker heroine Masha, aka Clara in many US versions. Bortiakova graduated 4 years early from Jalil State Choreographic School after just six years of training. At 16 she won an award from Vaganova-Prix International Ballet Competition in St Petersburg and in 2001 she was awarded “Artistic Inspiration” at Kazan International Ballet Competition. A year later she received best “Arabesque” as well as “Best Partnering” award with partner Akshol Mussakhanov at the International Ballet Competition in Perm. “Bortiakova...as Masha...danced with powerful vibrancy and emotion.” Bethesda D.C. Metro Theater and Arts, Wendi Winters, 12/18/14.
Akzhol Mussakhanov performs the Nutcracker Prince role to critical acclaim. He is laureate of the IX International Ballet Competition in Moscow 2001; Serge Lifar International Ballet Competition in Kiev 2004, and Festival of Independence of Kazakhstan, Kzakhstan 2006. He is a 2001 graduate of Jalil State Choreographic School of Kazan which was founded in 1943, and which annually presents the Rudolf Nureyev Festival in honor of the ballet legend who also hails from Tatarstan.
Nationally-touring productions exhibit the same quality seen on Broadway that you have come to expect from University Arts Series productions. Some shows use the same sets and costumes from the Broadway production.
Content and performance elements are suitable for the entire family.