Local girls to dance with Moscow Ballet
Lily Fenton and Elan Jenkins, both seventh-graders at Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment, were awarded parts in Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker,” with a performance scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center’s Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts.
Fenton and Jenkins traveled to The Pointe School of Dance in Cedar Rapids Sept. 14 to participate in a statewide audition. One of the principle ballerinas of the Moscow ballet company conducted the auditions.
The girls will be rehearsing with teachers at The Pointe Studio every Saturday starting mid-October through the date of the performance.
Fenton is a student at Shari’s Starz Dance and Tumbling Studio in Fairfield, and Jenkins studies ballet at Gare’s Studio of Dance in Fairfield; prior to that she studied at City Ballet of Iowa in Iowa City.
Fenton and Jenkins will be participating in the only performance of the “Great Russian Nutcracker” in southeast Iowa.
The classic “Great Russian Nutcracker” will entertain the whole family, with exceptional dancing by a company of almost 40, a 60-foot growing Christmas tree, new and spectacular hand-made costumes by resident designer Arthur Oliver, and stunning sets hand-painted in Russia and designed by multi-Academy Award nominee Carl Sprague.
The production is known for its dedication to world peace: naming Act II the “Land of Peace and Harmony;” featuring a rose-shooting cannon, and a stunning two-person “Dove of Peace” with a 20-foot wingspan.
“Great Russian Nutcracker” opens with Uncle Drosselmeyer preparing the magical toys he will bring to Mayor Stalhbaum’s Christmas Eve party. When he arrives, the party is underway. Masha, brother Fritz and friends are delighted to find out what gifts they will receive. Masha loves her gift of the Nutcracker Doll, but Fritz breaks it. Heartbroken, Masha sleeps and dreams that the Rat King and his mice battle with the brave Nutcracker who defeats them. The Nutcracker Prince and Masha journey through the Snow Forest meeting Russian folk legends Ded Moroz and Snegurochka — Father Christmas and Snow Maiden — who escort them to the Land of Peace and Harmony.
About Moscow Ballet
This is Moscow Ballet’s 24th consecutive year touring North America. In addition to the popular “Great Russian Nutcracker,” company repertory includes classic ballets “Swan Lake,” “Sleeping Beauty,” “Romeo and Juliet,” “Cinderella” and more.
The company features award-winning and rising star dancers, from Lilia Sabitova in 1994 to Alisa Voronova in 2014.
The company performs 100-plus engagements annually across Canada and in most of the United States’ largest cities consistently receiving critical acclaim.
In addition to public performances, Moscow Ballet dedicates resources to community engagement programs. The 23-year Dance with Us program shares the Russian Vaganova ballet training with more than 5,000 American dance students annually bringing them on stage in ancillary roles to perform side-by-side with the professionals. Underwritten by Moscow Ballet, the program was developed by choreographer and co-producer Mary Gianonne Talmi.
The intensive cultural immersion project “New Horizons - A Children’s Program for Life” benefits thousands of school children in tour cities and programs Musical Wunderkind and Summer Intensives also touch the lives of many children and young adults. Moscow Ballet’s partnerships with corporations and not-for-profit organizations such as the President’s Challenge Program and Children’s Hospitals, has raised significant revenue. www.moscowballet.com.
For tickets and information, call the ticket office at 472-2787 or visit the website www.FairfieldACC.com.