Moscow Ballet to Perform ‘Great Russian Nutcracker’ at UM Nov. 6

September 09, 2016

MISSOULA – The Moscow Ballet will perform its celebrated “Great Russian Nutcracker” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, at the University of Montana’s George and Jane Dennison Theatre.

Direct from Russia, the classic “Great Russian Nutcracker” will kick off the holiday season and entertain the whole family.

Audiences will experience the exceptional dancing of a company of almost 40 dancers, a 60-foot growing Christmas tree, new and spectacular handmade costumes by resident designer Arthur Oliver, and stunning sets hand-painted in Russia and designed by multi-Academy Award nominee Carl Sprague.

The Moscow Ballet consistently garners critical acclaim for performances in more than 100 cities, from New York to Los Angeles and Miami to Calgary. The production is known for its dedication to world peace: naming Act II the “Land of Peace and Harmony;” featuring a rose-shooting cannon and revealing a stunning two-person “Dove of Peace” with a 20-foot wingspan.

Tickets are on sale now and range in cost from $24 for regular seating to $176 for platinum seats. Groups of 10 or more are eligible for a discount, as are seniors and members of the military. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.umt.edu/griztix/, by calling the GrizTix box office at 406-243-4051 or on the Moscow Ballet website at http://www.nutcracker.com/buy-tickets.

This year marks the Moscow Ballet company’s 24th consecutive year touring North America. In addition to the popular “Great Russian Nutcracker,” the company’s repertory includes classic ballets “Swan Lake,” “Sleeping Beauty,” “Romeo and Juliet,” “Cinderella” and more. The company features award-winning and rising star dancers, from Lilia Sabitova in 1994 to Alisa Voronova in 2014.

The company performs engagements annually across Canada and in most of the United States’ largest cities, consistently receiving critical acclaim. In addition to public performances, Moscow Ballet dedicates resources to community engagement programs.

For more information on the Missoula performance, call UM Dennison Theatre Director Tom Webster at 406-243-2853 or email thomas.webster@umontana.edu.

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Contact: Tom Webster, UM Dennison Theatre director, 406-243 2853, thomas.webster@umontana.edu; Sally Michael Keyes, Moscow Ballet, 413-499-1733 ext. 21, sally@nutcracker.com.