Answer: The Moscow Ballet has one of the premiere ateliers (artists' workshops) in Russia. It was a huge enterprise. Their costumes are impeccable. The level of craftsmanship is beyond anything I've ever seen. They take their time, use the finest materials, and it's all based in the classic Russian tradition.
Question: What were some new concepts you brought to the company's 20th anniversary "Nutcracker"?
Answer: For one, I thought, let's change the mice. I'm tired of seeing these cute little mice. This is the scariest moment in the ballet. The mice should be eerie and a little other. They are not really scary. Now, they look like ragtag soldiers, distressed.