I remember the first time Hubby and I went to the ballet. It was several years ago and he hadn't been in years, but it was the Moscow Ballet's performance of the Nutcracker in Oakland, California.
He whined about going at first but the moment the performance began, he was like a kid. That single performance was all it took and we've pretty much taken the kids every year since they were little. The Nutcracker was especially a fave of the little old lady when she took dance - albeit briefly - and of Los Tres Amigos when they learned to perform some of the pieces for a Winter concert.
The Nutcracker is performed by ballet troupe's all over the world during the holiday season and the Moscow Ballet's performance is one of my favorites.
In 1993, Moscow Ballet toured the Great Russian Nutcracker to Washington DC, Baltimore, Syracuse, Orlando, Ft Lauderdale, New Haven, Reading and Charleston WV for the first time to critical acclaim. Directed and choreographed by Stanislav Vlasov, former soloist with the Bolshoi Ballet, and well known as a "Grand Dance Artist," the inaugural six-week tour starred principal ballerina Lillia Sabitova. It also featured the innovative rolling backgrounds first created by a St Petersburg Conservatory of Music producer, and which were the inspiration for Eisenstein's cinematic technique. Since then the annual tour has increased to include about 100 performances on the tour to cities from San Juan to Calgary, and from New York to California, traveling with two simultaneously touring companies of forty dancers each.
Later this month, we are set to see the Moscow Ballet perform the Great Russian Nutcracker in our newly remodeled performance hall and I can hardly wait.
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Have you ever taken your family to see a performance of The Nutcracker?
What's your favorite ballet?