Among the entertainment activities which have become holiday traditions, watching Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is a must. Millions of fans from New York to Los Angeles attend the local productions of Nutcracker in performance venues and theaters every year. Watching The Nutcracker has become sort of an annual trend in many families; like decorating a Christmas tree or singing carols around the neighborhood. With score by the remarkable Tchaikovsky and performances that can take your breath away, this classic Russian Ballet is coming to theaters this season again, promising to give a wonderful time to anyone looking to make their holidays special.
Event: Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
Score by: Pyotr Ilyrich Tchaikovsky
Run Time: 2 acts of 45 minutes each
The Classic Holiday Ballet
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is a Christmas time special event whose productions are shown all over the country every year. From Houston to Boston, no major city is left behind from enjoying the holiday tradition that the Nutcracker brings. This wonderful ballet was brought to the United States in 1954 by George Balanchine. It was staged in New York. The new version had several new elements along with the best features of the original production. The ballet and Tchaikovsky’s score in particular went on to become one of the most popular pieces in the history of Western music. This makes it hard to believe that The Nutcracker received only a moderate reception back when it premiered in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1892.
What’s The Nutcracker About?
Story of The Great Russian Nutcracker is taken from E.T.A Hoffman’s “The Nutcracker and The Mouse King.” It features a young girl Clara who gets a nutcracker from her godfather. The nutcracker takes Clara to another, magical world where he is turned into a prince. Together they have adventures where there is a battle with the Mouse King, journey through the Snow Forrest, a Christmas party with toys, meeting emissaries from around the world and a lot more escapades.
The Nutcracker Today
Company of The Nutcracker comprise of 40 athletic performers and award-winning crew. Delighting a diverse audience from ages 5 to 95, the artists display amazing athletic prowess and charm along with awe-inspiring pirouettes, leaps and lifts. The 2013 production has even more to offer with 200 hand-embellished, all-new costumes designed by Arthur Oliver, prepared with every attention to detail. Moreover, there are amazing hand-painted backdrops and beautiful, life-size puppets.
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is now considered among the most adored and endearing live events of the year. For many people, the ballet is the essence of Christmas season. While there is no Santa or his reindeers in the show, its setting on the Christmas Eve embodies the spirit of the holidays.
Tchaikovsky’s ballet is best experienced with Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker tickets which are available every year in the Christmas season, welcoming people of all ages to indulge in the magical world of The Nutcracker.