The Nutcracker by Valery Kovtun after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, music by Tchaikovsky

Iuliia Moskalenko (Clara), Ielizaveta Gogidze (Fritz), Iaroslav Tkachuk (Drosselmeyer)... — Ballet of the National Opera of Ukraine

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Valery Kovtun — Choreographer

Mariia Levytska — Set designer, costumes

Igor Samarets — Lighting

Oleksiy Kovalenko — Mr. Stahlbaurn

Liudmyla Melnyk — Mrs. Stahlbaum

Iuliia Moskalenko — Clara

Ielizaveta Gogidze — Fritz

Iaroslav Tkachuk — Drosselmeyer

Ielizaveta Cherniak — The Nutcracker-Doll

Mykyta Sukhorukov — The Nutcracker-Prince

Ruslan Avramenko — The Mouse King

Sergii Kliachin — Harlequin

Ganna Muromtseva — Columbine

Ballet of the National Opera of Ukraine

Orchestra of the National Opera of Ukraine

Oleksiy Baklan — Conductor

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Fall under the spell of the Ballet of the National Opera of Ukraine, one of the world's most acclaimed ballet companies, in a sublime interpretation of the most cherished holiday ballet, Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker!

Inspired by an E.T.A. Hoffmann story, this iconic ballet brings to glorious, high-flying life all the childhood fears and fantasies inspired by those mysterious, exciting nights of December. The young Clara (performed by the radiant Iuliia Moskalenko) receives a gift from her uncle Drosselmeyer: a peculiar nutcracker, who enchants her into his world of fairies, snowflakes, and marzipan shepherds. After meeting a host of fantastical characters and witnessing their bewitching dances, Clara awakens to wonder—was it all a dream, or is there true magic in the world? The talents of the Kyiv-based company in this treasured production will convince you of the latter…

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