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Magical Ballet From Moscow
December 2, 2009   
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More than 60,000 people have come to see them perform in Poland over the last three years alone and now the Moscow City Ballet is returning to perform The Nutcracker and Swan Lake at Warsaw's Kongresowa Hall Dec. 17-18.

The company will be performing two ballets by Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) this year. The first, The Nutcracker (1891-1892), is a classical Christmas tale based on the story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (1816) by E.T.A. Hoffmann (1776-1826). The story involves a battle with mice, a magical transformation and a journey to the Land of the Sugar Plum Fairy. The dancers perform dance steps typical of different people and places in the various scenes, including the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Spanish Dance, Arabian Dance, Chinese Dance, Dance of the Shepherdesses and the finale, the Waltz of the Flowers.

Swan Lake (1875-1876) is the best-known of all Tchaikovsky's ballets. The story tells of the love of Prince Siegfried for Princess Odette, who has been turned into a swan by the evil sorcerer Von Rothbart and can only be freed by the one who swears true love to her. But the prince has to scale the lofty heights of courage and stare down the insidious forces of evil before he can see his way through to the fairytale ending.

The Moscow City Ballet was founded in 1988 by Viktor Smirnov-Golovanov, who remains its artistic director. The company's classical repertoire sets the stage for an amazing visual display of perfectly executed choreography, rich costumes and scenography, and lighting effects that create a pop ballet on stage that even captivates those whose interest in dance is modest.

The Nutcracker, Dec. 17 at 8 p.m.
Swan Lake, Dec. 18 at 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Kongresowa Hall, 1 Defilad Sq., Warsaw
www.kongresowa.pl
Tickets: zl.70, 90, 110, 160, 190 and zl.250 can be purchased (cash only) from the Kongresowa Hall box office (open Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) or online at www.ticketonline.pl and www.ticketpro.pl
For more information, go to www.kongresowa.pl
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