The State Ballet Theatre of Russia : The Nutcracker

Nataliya Zheleznova helps Ekatherina Kluchareva do up her costume as they wait in the wings during rehearsal Wednesday afternoon at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre

Behind the scenes with the State Ballet Theatre of Russia during their production of The Nutcracker.

Nataliya Zheleznova and Mikhirev Alexahdz during rehearsal Wednesday afternoon.

Dancers on stage for rehearsal Wednesday afternoon.

Elizaveta Gorchinenko and Evgenli Kuchvar foreground on stage for rehearsal Wednesday afternoon.

StukonohaYuliiya and DimitriyZvonov during dress rehearsal.

Balletmaster and coach Alexey Burakov watches as dancers rehearse Wednesday afternoon. Burakov also performs the part of Drosselmeyer in The Nutcracker.

Anastasiya Efremova on stage during rehearsal Wednesday afternoon. The State Ballet Theatre of Russia travels with several stunning tapestries they use as backdrops for The Nutcracker.

In a dressing room, minutes before the opening act dancer Aliya Khatizova makes alterations to her costume while Tatiana Zhigzhitova puts the finishing touches on her makeup.

Tatiana Zhigzhitova puts the finishing touches on her makeup.

Elena Kopytina is in charge of costumes, steaming and mending each one before they are worn by the dancers every performance.

Costumes fit for a prince wait on wardrobe racks in the back halls of the Burlington Performing Arts Centre.

AliyaKhafizova ties the ribbons on her point shoes.

The Nutcracker Ballet was written during the golden age of ballet and based on the book “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King”by E.T.A. Hoffman. Russian composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky wrote the music for the ballet during the early 1890’s. Hoffman’s original story was modified quite a bit in order to be suitable for children and become the Christmas classic that it has become. The very first performance of The Nutcracker took place in Russia in 1892. The State Ballet Theatre of Russia is a traveling dance company comprised of 28 dancers who this year have performed the ballets, Cinderella, Swan Lake, and for the holidays The Nutcracker. They travel throughout the United States and Canada and were photographed by Hamilton Spectator photographer Cathie Coward during their performances at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre , December 7 & 8.

Principal dancers in The Nutcracker : Ekaterina Tikhonova, Tamara Fokina, Evgeniy Kuchvar, Valeriy Tselischev and Alexey Burakov.

 

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