Most of us have seen at least one performance of The Nutcracker during the holiday season but we probably didnt travel to Russia, where ballet is practically a national sport, to absorb the dance and understand it as a work of art. And this year we wont have to, because Russia is bringing its Nutcracker to us. The Moscow Ballets Great Russian Nutcracker, to be precise.
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Choreographed by Anatoli Emelianov, three branches of the Great Russian Nutcracker are currently touring North America; the Clara tour stops tonight and tomorrow night at the Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place, and is led by ballet master Vladimir Troschenko. The sets, inspired by French post-impressionist painter Henri Rousseau, have also been imported from Russia, along with the larger-than-life puppets and whimsical costumes that complete the spectacular show. As a bonus, tiny Denver dancers have filled dozens of roles for children, creating a truly multicultural extravaganza.
Tickets are $25 to $65; the ballet opens tonight at 7:30 p.m. and continues at 3 p.m. tomorrow. Visit www.nutcracker.com or call 1-866-461-6556.
Fri., Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 13, 3 p.m., 2008