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Moscow Ballet Performance to Benefit IndyHumane

November 4, 2011 Leave a comment
Moscow Ballet
ABOVE: Moscow Ballet’s Russian Nutcracker. Photo provided.

Guest Blogger:
Jennifer Simpson, Humane Society of Indianapolis

Moscow Ballet and the Humane Society of Indianapolis (IndyHumane) are working together to raise funds for the 100-year-old non-profit’s many programs, including adoptions, a low-cost vaccine clinic, a behavior helpline, canine training school, volunteer services, and the Nonie Krauss Foster Care program. Five dollars from each ticket sold for the Sunday, December 4, 5:00pm performance of Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker at the Murat Theatre at the Old National Centre, will go directly to help the hundreds of animals in the shelter.

Bg Bob the Cat.

ABOVE: Big Bob.

IndyHumane CEO John Aleshire says, “Big Bob, a 4-year-old male Russian Blue cat (see photo at right) who was hit by a car, shot and left for dead, was cared for by IndyHumane and made a complete recovery. On average we invest $600 – $800 for each animal here however; Big Bob’s care far exceeded that cost. Filling the 1000+ seat theatre would mean potentially thousands of dollars to help offset medical costs incurred by animals like Big Bob.”

The Moscow Ballet performance features award-winning and acclaimed principal dancers, a corps de ballet of 40, 200 lavish costumes, larger-than-life Russian puppets and 9 hand-painted backdrops that are embellished with 3-D effects – a must see for the whole family!  Moscow Ballet’s beloved Christmas story and dancers Alexandra Elagina and Anatolie Ustimov received critical acclaim in 2010; “Expansive…Knock-out…Thrill ” NY Times;  ”Breathtaking” Charleston Today; and  “Aristocratic finesse” Cleveland Plain Dealer. 2011 marks Moscow Ballet’s 19th annual Great Russian Nutcracker tour of 2 companies to 60+ cities across North America. To purchase tickets and simultaneously make a donation to the Humane Society of Indianapolis, call Moscow Ballet 800-320-1733 x15 (EST) or e-mail with Humane Society in the subject line.

IndyHumane is the leading voice for the welfare of animals and improving their quality of life. It is the first choice in providing direct services for shelter cats and dogs, including adoption, foster home placement, behavior training, appropriate medical care, and affordable spay/neuter services. As the voice for the animals, IndyHumane brings together like-minded, animal-focused individuals and groups to educate the public about animal welfare issues and concerns. For more than 100 years, it’s been all about the animals.

About the Great Russian Nutcracker – Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker tells the beloved Christmas story of the girl who falls in love with a Nutcracker Prince – with Russian flair. Praised by the NY Times as “thrilling and expansive,” the 40 impeccably trained Russian dancers leap, spin and lunge bringing the traditional story to life. The Act I Christmas party enchants with its magical toys, evil Mouse King and a journey through the glittering Snow Forrest. Unique to the Great Russian Nutcracker, Russian folk characters Father Christmas and the Snow Maiden escort Masha (aka Clara) to the Land of Peace and Harmony in Act II where she and the Nutcracker Prince are honored by emissaries from heritages the world over; African, Russian, Asian, European and Hispanic. Set to Pytor Tchaikovsky’s famous score, Moscow Ballet’s production features lavish costumes, nine hand-painted backdrops with 3-D ornamentation and fanciful, larger-than-life puppets designed by Russian puppet master Valentin Federov. A must see show for everyone in the family this holiday season!

HistoryAkiva Talmi Presents Inc. (ATP) is now known for its annual, touring Great Russian Nutcracker and full-length productions of the classic story-ballets; Swan Lake, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and others by the Moscow Ballet. ATP produced the “Cynthia Gregory National Tour” with Nancy Reagan as Honorary Chair; the “From the Top” NPR TV special featuring NYCB’s Violette Verdi and Itzhak Perlman, the “Alexander Godunov” national tour and more. Created by award-winning Juilliard alumnus, composer/conductor and theatrical producer, Akiva Talmi, ATP  evolved out of the all-star Russian “Glasnost Festival Tour” (1986-92). The Great Russian Nutcracker made its debut in 1993 and was directed and choreographed by soloist Stanislav Vlasov of the famous Bolshoi Theater. In 1994, the Moscow State Theatre of Natalia Sats and the theatre’s full orchestra joined Moscow Ballet to expand the company to an 88-artist tour which was billed as the “19th Century Classical Nutcracker.” In 2003, Anatoly Emelianov, then an upstart choreographer and winner of the Diagelev award, restaged the Great Russian Nutcracker to critical acclaim. Moscow Ballet productions continue to feature award-winning principals and top graduates of Perm, Vaganova, Moscow State Academic Choreographic and Kiev schools.

Editor’s Acknowledgment: Sally Michael Keyes, Moscow Ballet.