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Moscow Ballet soloist Anna Tyutyunnyk shares Russian culture with
diverse St Petersburg communities; Melrose students, aspiring John Hopkins dancers, and St Petersburg International Relations Committee
• Oct 24, 4pm hosts open ballet auditions for Great Russian Nutcracker
• Oct 25, 1:30pm reads to 4th and 5th grade “Girlfriends” at Melrose Elementary Media Center
• Oct 25, 4pm addresses City of St Petersburg International Relations Committee
• Oct 26, 1:30pm teaches Master Class at John Hopkins Center for the Arts and Communications
Moscow Ballet Dove of Peace soloist
Sally Michael Keyes
Moscow Ballet PR
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Arts & International Relations Manager, City of St. Petersburg
Education & Community Arts Coordinator, Mahaffey Theater
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(Berkshires, Mass.) October 8, 2010 – Moscow Ballet soloist Anna Tyutyunnyk arrives in town Sunday, October 24 ready to share her love and knowledge of Russian culture with several St Petersburg communities. At 4pm Sunday at Judith Lee Johnson Dance School, Anna conducts open auditions for area youth to perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker on Dec 28 at Mahaffey Theater and works with selected students in rehearsal the next several days. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Monday, Oct 25 1:30pm Anna reads and dances Moscow Ballet’s version of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s beloved Nutcracker story to the “Girlfriends” of Melrose Elementary Media Center and gives each of the girls the Moscow Ballet produced storybook. At 4pm Anna is international ambassador and greets and addresses the International Relations Committee of St Petersburg. On Tuesday Oct 26 1:30pm Anna teaches Master Class for John Hopkins Middle School’s most advanced ballet students. Anna Tyutyunnyk’s outreach activities were created with support from the St Petersburg International Relations Committee and the Education & Community Arts Program of the Progress Energy Center for the Arts - Mahaffey Theater.
Moscow Ballet’s Anna Tyutyunnyk, a native of Odessa in Ukraine, is a graduate from and soloist with Odessa National Theatre of Opera and Ballet, Ukraine and will perform the role of the “Dove of Peace” in the 2010 tour. She has been dancing since the age of four and has also performed with the Crown of Russian Ballet and the New Imperial Ballet, both in Moscow. In addition to dance, Anna is fluent in four languages. In the Great Russian Nutcracker, she has been cast as Masha, danced the Chinese and French Variations, and has also performed as Party Guest and Snowflake. Her repertoire includes Swan Lake, La Bayadere, La Sylphide, and Don Quixote.
Monday, Oct 25 at 1:30pm Anna reads and dances Moscow Ballet’s version of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s Nutcracker story, with illustrations by award-winning scenic artist Valentin Federov, for the “Girlfriends” of Melrose Elementary Media Center. “Girlfriends of Pinellas County” creates supportive environments for young ladies that cultivate high self-esteem and provide positive role models. The program also strives to offer students opportunity to participate in field trips that enhance cultural awareness. The girls often wear a strand of pearls at functions as a symbol of their aspirations. Moscow Ballet is honored to support Melrose Center and “Girlfriends” in achieving their goals by meeting with them and by providing a copy of Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker book for each “Girlfriend” at the event. The mission of Melrose Center for Communication and Mass Media is to increase achievement and life-long learning by providing a safe, positive and challenging environment to develop responsible citizens.
Monday, Oct 25 at 4pm Anna becomes an international ambassador and greets and addresses the International Relations Committee of St Petersburg (IRC) shares with members Moscow Ballet’s message of hope for world peace as portrayed in the Great Russian Nutcracker’s “Land of Peace and Harmony” in which Anna dances the role of the Dove of Peace. The IRC deals with international matters including welcoming to the city casual visitors and business travelers from around the world; maintaining the Sister City Program and relationship with Takamatsu, Japan; and promoting the Student Ambassador Program with the Sister City.
Tuesday, Oct 26 at 1:30pm Anna teaches Master Class in Vaganova classic ballet style for Center for the Arts and Communication Studies at John Hopkins School’s most advanced ballet students who study ballet with teacher/dancers Waghi Aboella, Bolshoi trained, principal dancer with the Cairo Ballet, teaching the Vagonaova technique and character dance and Mervet Elnabarawi, Bolshoi trained, principal dancer with the Cairo Ballet, also teaching the Vagonova technique. Students learn ballet, character (folk international dance) and Pointe. Students also learn diversity by performing a variety of dances from different cultures. The John Hopkins Fine and Performing Arts magnet school offers students the option to choose one of seven focus areas of study: art, dance, instrumental music, orchestra, piano, theater, and vocal music.
The Great Russian Nutcracker (www.nutcracker.com.) performs three dates in Tampa Bay;
Sarasota Dec 26, 1:00pm at Van Wezel Hall
Lakeland Dec 27, 7:30pm at Lakeland Civic Center
St Petersburg Dec 28, 7:30pm at Progress Energy Center for the Arts Mahaffey Theatre
Praised for exquisite dancing and gorgeous costumes, the Great Russian Nutcracker is directed by Ballet Master Vladimir Troschenko. Troschenko partnered such legendary Russian ballerinas as Nadia Pavlova, Ludmilla Seminyaka, and Galina Mezentseva and is an honors graduate of the Bolshoi and Kirov academies. Set against Valentin Fedorov's spectacular hand-painted backdrops and life-sized dancing puppets, the Great Russian Nutcracker delights audiences with a visual tapestry rich in detail and whimsy. It is especially distinctive for its unique setting of the “Land of Peace and Harmony” in Act II and for the introduction of a Dove of Peace and a fantasy clock with wings of an owl that casts a shadow over the battle between the Nutcracker and Mice. Fedorov, an Honored Artist of Chuvashia, was a protégée of the legendary designer Valery Leventhal of the Bolshoi Theatre. He is art director at the Chuvashia State Theater and has designed over 40 productions for opera and ballet. Acclaimed for exquisite classical ballet dancers and bejeweled, sumptuous costumes, critics rave that Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is “flawless,” “breathtaking,” and “dazzling.” The richness of the Russian classical ballet dancers blended with whimsical storytelling have made the Great Russian Nutcracker a memorable holiday treat for the last 17 years.
History - Moscow Ballet is known for its annual, touring Great Russian Nutcracker and full-length productions of the classic story-ballets; Swan Lake, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and others. Created by award-winning Juilliard alumnus, composer/conductor and theatrical producer, Akiva Talmi, the organization evolved out of Talmi’s all-star Russian "Glasnost Festival Tour" (1986-92). Moscow Ballet made its debut in 1993 with the Great Russian Nutcracker which was directed and choreographed by soloist Stanislav Vlasov of the famous Russian Bolshoi Theatre. In 1994, Moscow Ballet invited the Moscow State Theatre of Natalia Sats, and the theatre's full orchestra, to expand the company to an 88-artist tour which was billed as the "19th Century Classical Nutcracker." In 2003, Moscow Ballet announced the appointment of Vladimir Troshchenko, director of Odessa State Ballet and a pivotal figure in the ballet world, as Ballet Master with Andrei Litvinov joining as co-Ballet Master in 2010. Moscow Ballet features top graduates of Perm, Vaganova, Moscow State Academic Choreographic and Kiev schools.