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Paramount Art Center bringing Russian 'Nutcracker' tour

Dec. 09, 2012 @ 02:09 PM

ASHLAND — The special 20th Anniversary production of the “Great Russian Nutcracker” overflows with a spectacular new “Dove of Peace,” where two dancers become one stunning bird with a 20 foot wingspan; a Christmas tree that grows to seven stories tall; falling snow and Troika styled sleigh escorted by Russian folk characters Ded Moroz (Father Christmas) and Snegurochka (Snow Maiden); towering silk puppets; 200 all new, lavish costumes; and 9 hand-painted backdrops all set to Pytor Tchaikovsky’s complete Nutcracker Suite score.

Moscow Ballet’s acclaimed “Great Russian Nutcracker runs at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11 at the Paramount Arts Center in Ashland.

  For 20 years Great Russian Nutcracker performances have featured the finest Russian ballerinas and dancers from former Bolshoi soloist and original Great Russian Nutcracker choreographer Stanislov Vlasov and  partner Lilia Sabitova to award winning partners Karyna Shatkovskaya and Vladimir Tkachenko in 2011.

Tickets start at $35. For tickets call 606-324-3175 or online at www.paramountartscenter.com.

Read more about the “Nutcracker” in Monday’s Herald-Dispatch Life section.