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Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker Reviews

Holiday & Christmas ShowsBalletDance & BalletFamily ShowsThe Nutcracker

Average customer review: 2.5 star rating (2.7 Stars)

Number of reviews: 19



2.0 star rating ALJ from Little Rock, Arkansas


I've been to the Milwaukee Ballet many times and The Nutcracker is one of my favorites. The Russian ballet performance with its canned music and stage full of school kids was a big disappointment. Clara danced beautifully, but was clearly a mature person who didn't communicate the part that calls for us to see the wonder of the season through the eyes of a girl, rather than woman. The stage was often full of too many kid who were not ready to be on a ballet stage. We saw butt-scratching, hair twirling, gum chewing etc. Invite some of the local talent --yes. But we thought they may have tried to invite every local ballet kid to sell tickets to family. Lost me as a customer.

2.0 star rating from Minneapolis, Minnesota


I did not attend this company's performance last Christmas--I was still sulking from the disappointment of the year prior--there have been some stellar reviews, so maybe they made improvements, but canned music was a big let down--when you have plunked down over $200 for a couple tickets, you expect an orchestra. I understand they are coming from Moscow, but the Royal Swedish and NYCB from New York contracted with musicians here, so can the Russians. The local children used for the performance WE saw, were wandering around the stage, actually interfering with choreography and the distraction was not charming. Finally, the sets were dismal pallets of grey and lavender, cheap looking painted fabric.--for a ballet that should be lush and sparkling--it's CHRISTMAS. I will say the costumes were impressive and the dancers very professional but, again, the choreography was sadly lacking. There are local companies who do better justice to this piece every year--spend your money at home.

1.0 star rating Dee from Naples, Florida


Thank goodness I bought last minute rush tickets for $15 each. The live orchestra and the little kids were fine, but the story line, the choreography, the over the top costumes, the over sized animals, and the dancing were poor poor poor. At one point my daughter and I looked at each other and just had to laugh. Maybe we are too critical having grown up taking ballet, attending Boston Ballet, and here in Naples attending Miami City Ballet...but I have to wonder why Artis Naples would book this second rate version of the Nutcracker. There were many empty seats, so maybe they won't be back! Save your money and watch it on tv.

1.0 star rating Maria V. from Vancouver, British Columbia


I was born and raised in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. Going to Mariinsky Theatre regularly was a part of my life back when. I know what quality to expect from real Russian ballet. The performance of this so-called Moscow ballet was weak and disappointing. Lack of choreography and complex ballet moves was partially offset by nice costumes. Impressive Arabian dance was a gymnastics gig, not ballet. Costumes are the only thing which made me to give this performance one star. Otherwise, I'd give it a zero.

1.0 star rating Disappointed from Detroit, Michigan


Very few professional level dancers in this production. Elementary choreography and tons of local students to distract you from the poor quality of the company dancers. No live music-don’t waste your money.

1.0 star rating Olga from Vancouver, British Columbia


This tour is organised by a US company for touring with Nutcracker only. So the name of the company is deceiving, they are NOT from Moscow. They hire ballet dancers from Russia and Ukraine who are not engaged with any theater. Hence, the quality of the dancing is aweful! There is little choreography as well. There were a couple of decent dancers but that was a far cry. Arabic dance - although entertaining - would be more appropriate for Cirque du Soleil. I wanted to leave mid- performance. Will never go again, will never recommend.

1.0 star rating Jennifer from Albuquerque, New Mexico


I am a dancer, who has danced in the nutcracker and this was a shoddy excuse for a ballet advertised as being from Moscow it seemed like 50%of the dancers were kids from Abq not ready for stage and the other 45% were young B (or C) company dancers who were still training to be professional. Then there were 2-4 dancers who were obviously beautifully trained veterans who posed for all the misleading advertisements. Don't expect the tree to grow, don't expect any snow to fall during "snow" and don't expect the choreography to make sense with the storyline or music. Also the venue doesn't close the doors and the wonderfully polite and educated people here in the Q will make sure that stand up in front of you 20- 30 times so they can get a beer, popcorn or whatever. They won't duck down or wait for the scenes to switch and the venue encourages them. Let's them show up 30 min late and guides them in with flashlights.... Worst money ever spent.. Extremely boring and stressful. I want a refund!


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