Moscow Ballet’s Nutcracker at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts

The Nutcracker Ballet is one of the most magical stories told without words. How is it possible to tell a story without using words? The Moscow Ballet knows the secret to capturing the hearts and minds of an audience is an amazing combination of music and movement. Dancers become actors in an array of colorful costumes. They leap when the music bursts, glide smoothly across the stage when the music slows, and spin endlessly exhibiting spectacular strength and balance. The Great Russian Nutcracker, performed by the Moscow Ballet, is a hypnotizing, joyful, masterful display of skill and talent.

The Snowflake Corps de Ballet

On December 17, 2011 Wells Fargo Center for the Arts presents Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker. For 19 years, the Moscow Ballet has shared this traditional story with audiences across the country. Created in 1891 and first performed in the United States in 1944 by the San Francisco Ballet, the classic score composed by Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich (Peter) Tchaikovsky features two of Tchaikovsky’s most famous works – the Nutcracker Suite, and Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Although the music of the Great Russian Nutcracker features flutes, trumpets, trombones, harps, and many more instruments, it is the distinctive sound of the Celesta as the main instrument in the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy that audiences remember most.

The Hero & Heroine with Father Christmas & The Snow Maiden

Whether enjoying The Nutcracker Ballet for the first time or as part of a holiday tradition, Wells Fargo Center for the Arts Person Theater is the perfect venue. The design of the seating focused on the stage that gently projects into the audience creates a unique opportunity for each seat to offer a fantastic view of the dancers on stage. With an afternoon and evening performance to choose from, Wells Fargo Center for the Arts offers a choice most convenient for everyone.

Principal Dancers Alexandra Elagina & Anatolie Ustimov

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