Called “A Christmas tale from a faraway Land of Snow and Ice” by New York Times Dance Critic Brian Seibert in 2014, Moscow Ballet’s principal dancers and production values raise the ante for the performance experience on its new coast to coast tour. Multiple award-winning principal ballerina Karyna Shatkovskaya and principal danseur Vladimir Tkachenko, hailing from one of the world’s best ballet academies, deliver performances that engage audiences of all ages from small towns to top demographic markets.
Moscow Ballet’s Christmas production of the Great Russian Nutcracker will be in Fresno at The Warnors Theater on Sunday Nov. 29, for a 3 p.m. matinee. Tickets are available at www.nutcracker.com/buy-tickets.
Karyna Shatkovskaya is a multiple award-winning principal ballerina. In 2009 she was recognized with an award in the prestigious Second International Ballet Competition (IBC) in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan and in 2010 became overall Ukrainian State Prize Winner. At the age of 9 she received her first award at the Kharkov Ballet Competition and 2 years later she received a Diploma of Ukrainian Youth Ballet, sanctioned by UNESCO. She received a Diploma of the First International Children and Youth Classical Dance Competition in Yalta, and 3rd prize of the Second International Competition of Youth in Yalta. In 2000 she won 2nd prize and received an award at the Third International Children and Youth Classical Dance Competition.
Vladimir Tkachenko was born in Kharkov, Ukraine and in 2006 graduated with honors from the prestigious Perm Choreographic School, in the class of V. Alikina. The repertoire of the theatre includes masterpieces of the most distinguished choreographers of the 20th Century. Upon graduation from Perm Vladimir was he was offered a position at the State Kremlin Ballet of Moscow and made his professional debut that September in La Esmeralda as the Hunchback Quasimodo.
In addition to the Great Russian Nutcracker, Moscow Ballet repertory includes classic ballets Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella and more. The company features award-winning and rising star dancers from Olga Kifyak in 2012 to Lilia Sabitova in 1994. For over twenty years the company has performed 100 engagements annually in North America including in a majority of the top twenty demographic markets. Moscow Ballet receives critical acclaim and was invited to present at National Press Club Newsmaker events.
In addition to public performances, the company’s mission and national platform enables it to share the Russian Vaganova ballet training with over 5000 American dance students annually in Dance with Us. “New Horizons – A Children’s Program for Life” is an intensive cultural immersion project that benefits thousands of school children and programs Musical Wunderkind and Summer Intensives also touch the lives of many children and young adults. For over 20 years Moscow Ballet’s partnership with corporations and not-for-profit organizations such as the President’s Challenge Program and Children’s Hospitals has raised revenue for significant missions and causes.