Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker - Dove of Peace Tour
Experience Moscow Ballet's Dove of Peace Tour, spreading goodwill in over 100 cities across North America this holiday season, and presenting world class performers; Russian folk legends Father Christmas and Snow Maiden, backdrops hand-painted by Russian masters; and a Dove of Peace with a 20 foot wingspan – the Great Russian Nutcracker brings the Christmas spirit to life for all ages. "Kids wide-eyed with delight!" says The New York Times.
The Dove of Peace character was inspired by Bolshoi Principal Artists' performance in NYC in 1957, and first presented by Moscow Ballet as a single ballerina costumed in 2 lightly feathered wings. The two-person Dove of Peace, with a wing span of 20 feet, premiered on Moscow Ballet's 20th Anniversary Tour performed by acro-ballet partners Sergey Chumakov and Elena Petrichenko to critical acclaim. The Dove of Peace choreography created by Chumakov and Petrichenko was inspired by the ground-breaking partner work of Bokshoi Ballet Principal Artists and Moscow Ballet founding director Stanislav Vlasov and partner the Great Lillia Sabitova.
Moscow Ballet producer Akiva Talmi says, "Masha flies on the wings of the Dove of Peace around the world seeking peace and harmony. She goes to France, Italy, Africa -- all around the world, and she finds peace and harmony through love." In Act II Masha and her Nutcracker Prince arrive in the "Land of Peace and Harmony" (traditionally called the Land of Sweets) and celebrate great heritages of the world including African, Asian, European, Hispanic and Slavic. Talmi clarifies, "My life in working with Russia has been about peace. And the Dove of Peace is Moscow Ballet's most successful character."
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