Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is in Asheville on December 16 at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium for just two performances this holiday season, one at 3:00 PM and one at 8:00 PM.
This performance is their award-winning Dove of Peace Tour and is on tour from coast to coast.
This classic Christmas story is embellished by Moscow Ballet with Russian cultural icons such as life-sized Matryoshka/Nesting Dolls, a ride through the magical Snow Forest in a Troika Sleigh, to the Dove of Peace with a 20 ft wing span who welcomes the happy couple to Act II’s Land of Peace and Harmony. All ages appreciate the antics of the 10-foot-tall Elephant, Bear, Bull and more puppets and the Palace Garden with 1000 Champagne Pink Roses.
Olena Pecheniuk is an Honored Artist of Ukraine along with Oleksander Skulkin, an International Ballet Competition of Serge Lifar award winner.
Olena performs as Masha (aka Clara) who transforms from a teen into a young woman due to Uncle Drosslemeyer’s magical gift of the Nutcracker Prince, performed by Skulkin.
Principal Ballerina Svetlana Isakova is praised by the press and was invited to the esteemed Kharkov School of Culture where she received her Diploma with Honors in 2007. Partner and Principal Danseur Denis Panchenko comes to Moscow Ballet from the world renowned Mariinsky (formerly Kirov) Theatre, known as the second-best ballet company in the world, in St. Petersburg. There he performed lead roles to critical acclaim in Spartacus, Swan Lake, Giselle and many more classic ballets.
The Moscow Ballet tours annually North America performing acclaimed ballets the Great Russian Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella and more. Known for presenting award-winning Ballerinas and Dancers, 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 2017, the company performs more than 100 engagements annually across Canada and the United States’ in the finest performing arts venues.
In addition to public performances, Moscow Ballet’s North America tours include community engagement programs for all ages and interests. “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 has the Russian principal dancer performing with American youth musician accompaniment. 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
Get tickets at www.nutcracker.com/buy-tickets.