THE MOSCOW CITY BALLET – the legendary ballet group visits Poland! The group, founded by the outstanding choreographer Victor Smirnov-Golovanov, is an internationally renowned ensemble of classical dancers. This year, the Moscow City Ballet will visit Poland with two exquisite masterpieces: The Swan Lake., and The Nutcracker.

On the 16th of December 2018 – ICE Kraków Congress Centre – The Swan Lake.

On the 17th of December 2018 – ICE Kraków Congress Centre – The Nutcracker.

Moscow City Ballet performances are characterised by their stunning costumes, impressive choreography, magical lights and captivating stage design, and as critics say it is hard to resist the charm of the group, nor it is easy to forget them – they create art so great that it is an immense experience even for those who dislike dancing. The emotions and impressions inspired by the Moscow City Ballet cannot be described – you simply have to experience them yourself. In the past years, their performances in Poland were seen by over 250,000 viewers, leaving their plays with flushed cheeks, excited by the magical atmosphere of the shows. The talent of the dancers and their professionalism, which was made possible by years of hard training leaves a lasting impression, just like the expression of their movement, combined with a fantastic choreography shows us that the Russians really love ballet. The founder of the Moscow City Ballet, Victor Smirnov-Golovanow once said: “All the characters from the ballets live in me: I am Clara, I am the Prince, I am the Mouse King... It all lives in me.” Perhaps it is the secret of their impressive international success.

SWAN LAKE is loved by the Polish audiences. It is a story of a struggle between the good and the evil, the strength of love and affection which can surpass the border between life and death. The success of this play is based on an impressive choreography and music. The simplicity of the plot, and the moving interpretation of Siegfried’s and Odette’s love story, as a symbol for the strength of affection are reflected in the emotional choreography, illustrating the inner experiences of the protagonists. The enchanting waltzes, proud rhythms of the polonaise, fiery Spanish dance and the temperamental csárdás will hypnotize the audience to the exceptional atmosphere. The music, captivating with its beauty and the subtlety of its melodies, is another undeniable value of the play, as it combines all themes into a single, uniform story from the very beginning to the last notes. The girls, turned into Swans, the Evil Spirit and feelings which transcend the boundary between life and death keep moving the audiences worldwide.

THE NUTCRACKER, which was described by The New York Times as “dazzling” and “breathtaking”, is a journey to the land of dreams. A little girl receives the eponymous Nutcracker as a gift, and in her dream, it becomes a fairy tale prince and she turns into a princess. The ballet performs characteristic dances in individual scenes: Spanish Dance, Spanish Dance, Arabian Dance, Chinese Dance, Trepak, Pastoral Dance and Flower Waltz, crowning the piece. Beautiful symphonic music complements the mastery of the work, as it is not divided into smaller fragments of the musical divertissement typical of most ballets; instead, it all combines into a symphonic poem filled with dance, extremely “clear” for every dancer and, most importantly, for every member of the audience. The Nutcracker is a spectacle loved even by those who have never before had the opportunity to watch a ballet show, even children.



Victor Smirnov- Golovanov – choreography

Ludmiła Nerubashchenko – choreography



Yulia Zhuravleva, Irina Adilova, Liliya Oryekhova


Talgat Kozhabaev, Kanat Nadyrbek Uulu, Andrei Zhuravlev, Daniil Orlov


Dzmitry Lazovik, Kirill Kasatkin, Maria Khrapova, Elena Kotelkina, Valerii Kravtsov, Anna Kravtsova, Artem Minakow, Kseniya Stankevich, Ekaterina Tokareva. Denis Tyurin

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