Moscow Ballet will bring its 25th Anniversary North American tour to Denver’s Paramount Theatre on December 8 and 9, 2017 with three performances of its acclaimed Great Russian Nutcracker. They will have a performance in Grand Junction at the Avalon on Monday, December 11. Girl Scouts are invited to attend at discounted rates, and receive a free fun patch with purchase of ticket. For a group of 25 or more (including chaperones, friends, and siblings), there will be a meet-and-greet with one of the dancers.
I’m Bobbie Fachini, Market Manager for Moscow Ballet. I had the chance to talk to the company’s co-founder and choreographer, Mary Talmi, about her experiences bringing international ballet to the United States and Canada.
BF: What was that first show like, 25 years ago? Where was it and how different was it than the show 250,000 patrons will see this year?
MT: The first show was very exciting. We started the six city tour in Reading, PA. At that time, if you wanted to see a Russian ballet company perform you had to travel to NYC or Washington, DC. We were one of the first groups to bring Russian ballet to smaller cities, so there was a great deal of anticipation. The interest is even greater now. Americans love dance and it is widely known that Russian ballet dancers are among the best in the world.
BF: You’re a choreographer. What is it like to envision these pieces and watch some of the world’s best dancers bring your vision to life on stage?
MT: I love working with these beautiful dancers. They can do just about anything you give them and they are hungry for new ideas. We have added new characters, props, and puppets to the traditional Russian choreography. The dancers have embraced the changes and that is very rewarding. This production is now a visual treat as well as great dance.
BF: What’s your favorite scene in Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker and why?
MT: The Dance of the Snowflakes, or Winter Forest, is my favorite. Everything about it is gorgeous, the white and silver tutus, the lighting, and the dancers in precise formations is thrilling.
BF: I’ve been watching the show evolve for some years now… and I’m in love with the way the costumes keep getting more and more beautiful. Can you tell us a little bit about the design and creation process?
MT: Arthur Oliver, Moscow Ballet’s costume designer, has a background in theater and historic costumes. He is truly talented and has brought a very unique artistry to the show. His costumes are so rich in color and detail, and they are all handcrafted by artisans in St. Petersburg, Russia. One critic raved that every costume is a work of art. I agree… they are getting more beautiful every year!
BF: Do you have any advice for children who want to dance professionally, or be more involved in the arts?
MT: My hope for children is that they can experience the arts as self-expression and fun… and as an exploration of what makes us human. I hope that they can bring a curiosity to their experiences that opens them up to what is possible in their own lives.
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