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Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker tours annually to the famous score composed by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. As the title suggests, this production adds a distinctive Russian flair to the classical ballet.
The story is of a young girl given a Nutcracker for Christmas. During a dream, the toy becomes an enchanted prince who must battle the loathsome Mouse King. Marius Petipa (1818-1910) wrote the libretto for the ballet, a story he borrowed from Alexander Dumas’ tale, The Nutcracker, which in turn was adapted from E.T.A. Hoffman’s The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.
Petipa gave Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) specific instructions regarding the musical composition, including the number of bars and the tempo of each song. Though the ballet was not successful at first, Tchaikovsky produced what has become one of his most famous and popular scores, because of, or despite Petipa's instruction. A 20-minute edit from the original score became a well-received The Nutcracker Suite for the symphony.
The Moscow Ballet, inspired by Russian folklore and the spirit of Glasnost, added new layers and textures to the piece. The exclusive character, “Dove of Peace,” replaced the Sugar Plum Fairy. The setting is the city of Moscow, with the domed skyline in the background. Russian great Stanislov Vlasov choreographed the inaugural production of The Great Russian Nutcracker.
Since 1993, the Moscow Ballet has been touring North America to ever-greater audiences each year, presenting this wonderful Christmas holiday tradition.
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