Sioux Falls, S.D.– As part of its 2009 nationwide charitable campaign, Moscow Ballet is supporting the National Alliance on Mental Illness South Dakota chapter (NAMISD) in its fundraising efforts connected to the annual performance of “Great Russian Nutcracker.”
Beginning with special events and appearances by Moscow Ballet’s Anna Tyutyunnyk on Labor Day weekend and continuing until December 9, 2009, the fund drive will earn revenue to help support NAMI’s mission. Entitled “Graceful Movements Towards Healthy Minds,” the project also serves as an important educational program devoted to exploring the practice of therapeutic arts. Visit www.nami.org/sites/NAMISouthDakota, or call 605-271-1871 to learn more.
NAMISD’s fund drive will culminate with Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker” at the Washington Pavilion on Wednesday, December 9th 2009 at 7:30 pm. This event is open to the public, and patrons do not need to support the fundraiser to attend. Regular tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at www.nutcracker.com or by calling the box office at (605) 367-6000 or (877) WASH PAV.
Principal artists Ekaterina Bortykova and Akzhol Mussakhanov star as Masha and the Nutcracker Prince. Ms. Bortykova won the Vaganova Prize in 1998 and the Prize for Artistic Inspiration at the International Kazan Ballet Competition in 2002. She won a Diploma and the Best Couple Prize at the “Arabesque” International Ballet Competition in Perm.
Akzhol Mussakhanov graduated from the State Choreographic School of Kazakhstan in 2001. He competed at the IX International Ballet Competition in Moscow (2001) and the Serge Lifar International Ballet Competition in Kiev in 2004. He has toured internationally as a principal dancer with Swansee Ballet Russe in Wales, UK and the State Opera and Ballet Theatre in Odessa, Ukraine.
Praised for exquisite dancing and gorgeous costumes, the Great Russian Nutcracker is directed by Ballet Master Anatoli Emelianov. Set against Valentin Fedorov’s spectacular hand-painted backdrops and life-sized dancing puppets, the Great Russian Nutcracker delights audiences with a visual tapestry rich in detail and whimsy. Mr. Fedorov studied at the Moscow Artistic Academic Theater, under the legendary designer Valery Leventhal of the Bolshoi Theatre. An Honored Artist of Chuvashia, he is the art director at the Chuvashia State Theater and has designed over 40 productions for opera and ballet. In 1991, his “Blackberry Along the Fence” won “Best Performances of Russia Festival.”
The performance is especially distinctive for its unique setting of Act II in the “Land of Peace and Harmony” and for the introduction of a new character, a Christmas Dove. Also new this year is a fantasy clock with wings of an owl that cast a shadow over the battle between the Soldiers and the Mice.
Moscow Ballet features top graduates of the Perm, Vaganova, Moscow State Academic, and Kiev schools. Critics rave that the Great Russian Nutcracker is “flawless,” “breathtaking,” and “dazzling.” Whimsical and imaginative storytelling blend with the richness of Russian classical ballet to make the Great Russian Nutcracker a memorable holiday treat for everyone.