The Moscow Ballet will infuse the holiday gift of peace and harmony into their performance of The Great Russian Nutcracker, which arrives in Brandon on Nov. 22.
This year’s tour of The Great Russian Nutcracker, which will stop at the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium at 7 p.m. next Thursday, will feature an acrobatic duet unique to the Moscow Ballet called the “Dove of Peace.” The exclusive dance has been made a part of the classic fairytale in an effort to bridge the gap between cultures and promote a world culture of peace and harmony.
Akiva Talmi, the Moscow Ballet’s American producer, says the act that incorporates the “Dove of Peace” is an offering of congeniality “between countries in the midst of conflict.”
“The ‘Dove of Peace’ role is inspired by Bolshoi Ballet Principal danseur Stanislov Vlasov, who was choreographer/ballet-master of Moscow Ballet’s inaugural 1993 Great Russian Nutcracker, along with partner Lilia Sabitova, who was honored as People’s Artist of Russia,” Talmi said in a release promoting the tour.
The featured performance in the overall presentation has heroine Masha and her Nutcracker Prince move into the “Land of Sweets,” which is known for its peace and tranquility. The duet premiered in 2012 as part of the 20th anniversary tour of The Great Nutcracker.
The theme of peace and tranquility continues through the show with 12-foot-tall puppets representing classical Russian culture and myth.
Other cultures are incorporated into the performance as well, including Spanish, Arabian, Russian and French artists demonstrating the dances and essence of each country’s heritage. Puppets symbolize the country’s unique attributes, including a bull representing Spanish daring; an elephant representing Arabian wisdom; a bear representing strength; and a unicorn representing French imagination.
The Moscow Ballet tours North America on an annual basis performing a number of ballets including the Great Russian Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella and others. The company performs about 200 shows per year across Canada and the United States.
The company also hosts a program called “Musical Wunderkind,” which gives young musicians an opportunity to perform alongside a Russian principal dancer.
Tickets to The Great Russian Nutcracker are available from the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium Box Office or by calling (204) 728-9510. They are also available online at www.wmca.ca or at www.nutcracker.com/buy-tickets.