Kirov Ballet - Nutcracker
Tuesday, December 23, 2003 - Sunday, December 28, 2003

Mihail Chemiakin’s dazzling production-a departure from the traditional children’s version-makes for a sumptuous holiday treat.

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No holiday season is complete without Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. Kirov Ballet brings Mihail Chemiakin’s production of the classic fairy tale to the Kennedy Center for the first ballet engagement in the newly renovated Opera House. Premiered at the Kirov’s 2001 Mariinsky Festival, Chemiakin’s Nutcracker is highlighted with spectacular set and costume designs inspired by the darker side of the story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, which represents a departure from the traditional children’s version. The company’s dancing is “superb” (Clement Crisp, Financial Times) and Kirill Simonov’s choreography is based on the original libretto by Marius Petipa.

Performances will be with live orchestra.

Cast:
Dec. 23, Natalya Sologub and Andrey Merkuriev
Dec. 25, Diana Vishneva and Leonid Sarafanov
Dec. 26, Irina Golub and Andrey Merkuriev
Dec. 27, (matinee) Nadezda Gonchar and Andrey Merkuriev; (evening) Diana Vishneva and Leonid Sarafanov
Dec. 28, (matinee) Natalya Sologub and Leonid Sarafanov; (evening) Irina Golub and Andrey Merkuriev

Standing Room tickets for presentations in the Opera House, Eisenhower Theater and Terrace Theater will be sold at the Kennedy Center Box Office and by phone (202) 467-4600 or (800) 444-1324 when a performance sells out, but only if it is sold out. There is no limit per purchase.

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