‘The Great Russian Nutcracker' dances into Baltimore's Hippodrome Theater

Moscow Ballet production's 20th Anniversary

BALTIMORE - The Great Russian Nutcracker is marching through Charm City tonight and tomorrow at the Hippodrome Theater.

“It’s about a maturing of a young child, her first love,” said producer Akiva.

The Akiva Talmi Presents CEO has lead the Moscow Ballet’s rendition of the Christmas classic around the United States for more than two decades.

This is the 20th anniversary for the production that follows the young Masha as she travels the world in search of peace while taking in performances along the way.

“She visits Spain and there’s a fantastic character dance in the Spanish style. Very virtuoso!” Talmi said.

Masha also travels to China, France, Russia and finally the Middle East.

A new addition to this year’s suite is the “Dove of Peace,” performed by Sergey Chumakov and Elena Petrachenko.

“They do an extremely acrobatic kind of dance,” said Talmi. The daring dance featured two performers, each with a 10-foot long wing to form bird.  

“It’s a balancing act and they do many dangerous lifts. It’s a showstopper.” The duo also performs during the Arabian dance.

This is Principal Dancer Viktor Shcherbakov’s American debut as the Moscow Ballet’s Nutcracker Prince. He studied five years with the Kiev National Ballet Academy when he was just 10 years old. By age 15, Shcherbakov joined the John Cranko Ballet Academy in Stuttgart Germany. 

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