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Moscow Ballet's Nutcracker


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#1 BW

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Posted 19 December 2001 - 11:44 AM

Are any of you familiar with this version? "Moscow Ballet" is performing a slightly different Nutcracker at SUNY Purchase's Performing Arts Center on the 28th and 29th...apparently this year they just happened to plan a world peace theme...which is rather timely.

I think that the performers are actually from a variety of companies...I also recall reading that there were a great number of tall men in it which was sort of unusual to note!

Anyone?

#2 Kevin Ng

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Posted 19 December 2001 - 09:40 PM

Do you mean the Moscow City Ballet or the Moscow Classical Ballet?

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Posted 20 December 2001 - 06:57 PM

I'm fairly certain it's the classical one.

Don't anyone tell me anything too terrible about it as I've already ordered the tickets! From what I recalled reading about the performance earlier it did sound good. Sure hope so...

I'll be sure to let the curious know. biggrin.gif

#4 Helen Chen

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Posted 20 December 2001 - 09:25 PM

Yes, I believe it won't be Moscow City Ballet as they are touring Beijing on those days.

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Posted 20 December 2001 - 10:19 PM

Helen, what's Moscow City Ballet dancing in Beijing? There seems to be far more dance companies touring Beijing than Hong Kong this year.

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Posted 21 December 2001 - 03:06 AM

Kevin, they will perform "Swan Lake". As you know, Swan lake is always hot here.

And we have another Russian company in late Jan / early Feb: Russian National Theatre Ballet, accompanied by Russian National Philharmonic (?) with "Swan Lake","Nutcracker" and "Sleeping Beauty". Have no clue whether they are worth seeing or not.

Too many Russian companies visiting here. Most of them are simply not as good as our Chinese local companies.

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Posted 30 December 2001 - 12:15 AM

Just FYI it sure was not The Moscow City Ballet!!

Sadly, it was a real let down. C'est la vie.

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Posted 30 December 2001 - 10:07 AM

BW, I see. So it's the Moscow Classical Ballet that you saw then.

Helen, it's strange that there are so many Moscow-based companies touring Beijing. Maybe it's time to see a St. Petersburg company for a change.

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Posted 30 December 2001 - 03:58 PM

Kevin, I wouldn't want to disparage The Moscow Classical Ballet unless I knew for sure that is whose company we suffered through!

The program was pretty skimpy; the music was eek.gif recorded (OK, I know so was Stanton Welch's for his "Long and Winding Road" with ABT's Studio Co., but still!)

It reads: Akiva Talmi presents Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker Choreography by V. Vainone and Valery Lantratov.

"Masha" was plyaed by someone named Tatiana Predeina or it could have been Oxana Demchenko - there's no way of knowing because the program didn't specify!

I'll spare you the rest. I just want to be sure who I am talking about...so in the future I will know what or who to avoid!


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