The Moscow Ballet performs a unique 20th anniversary production of the acclaimed Great Russian Nutcracker for a two-day engagement at The Mahaffey Dec. 28, 7:30 p.m., and Dec. 29, 2 p.m.
ST. PETERSBURG - The Moscow Ballet performs a unique 20th anniversary production of the acclaimed Great Russian Nutcracker for a two-day engagement at The Mahaffey Dec. 28, 7:30 p.m., and Dec. 29, 2 p.m.
The production includes new Stanislov Vlasov choreography called “Dove of Peace,” in which two dancers become one soaring bird.
Vlasov, a former dancer with the Bolshoi Ballet was the choreographer/ballet master of Moscow Ballet’s inaugural 1993 Great Russian Nutcracker.
The 20th Anniversary production also features a Christmas tree that grows to seven stories tall; falling snow and Troika sleigh escorted by Russian folk; 200 all new, hand-sewn costumes designed by Shakespearean designer Arthur Oliver; and more.
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker continues to present the best in ballet and Russian culture for audiences worldwide. For 20 years, ballet novices and aficionados have returned again and again to see 40 striking Russian dancers bring the holiday classic to life, which include some the most acclaimed and award-winning Russian ballerinas and dancers.
The Great Russian Nutcracker production continues to develop and re-create the classic holiday story. Sets have evolved from the original, innovative “Comedia del Arte” scroll of backdrops in 1993 to the nine current Russian hand-painted backgrounds set in a home in Moscow and the Land of Peace and Harmony.
Special effects such as rose shooting cannons, fanciful “horses” in the battle scene and Troika-inspired Russian sleigh for Masha and her Nutcracker Prince abound in this production. The costumes are created in Russia and over the years key roles were developed by international designers such as American Dennis Ballard, who created the exclusive Kissy Doll candy-ribbon skirt and international costume designer Olga Dumova.
The performance is performed to Pytor Tchaikovsky’s complete Nutcracker Suite score performed by the Moscow Festival Orchestra
Tickets are priced at $32.50 to $190. Prices include tax and facility fees, but are subject to additional convenience fees and handling charges.
Tickets may be purchased online at TheMahaffey.com, or charge by phone at 727-893-7832. Tickets may also be purchased at the Mahaffey Theater Box Office, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. The Box Office is open Wednesday through Saturday, from noon to 6 p.m. and at least 90 minutes prior to any ticketed event.