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Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker Reviews

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Average customer review: 2.5 star rating (2.7 Stars)

Number of reviews: 19

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3.0 star rating Lucy from Vancouver, British Columbia

WAS LACKING

I’ve seen a few ballets in my time and I was quite disappointed to not have a live orchestra, children who weren’t ready to dance on stage, and excellent dancers mixed in with mediocre performances by some. I honestly expected it to be of a much higher calibre and the cost for this ticket was overpriced given what was delivered. There were clear mistakes made, timing off with dancers, and the choreography, which was excellent at times, seemed to lack imagination at times - the child dancers - especially the very young ones - were a distraction and took away from me enjoying the performers. No standing ovations, for good reason. I honestly thought this ballet company would have it together. Never buying a ticket for them again, was a waste of money unfortunately.

3.0 star rating Martha from Chicago, Illinois

DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY

This performance (12/8/19 in Rosemont, IL) was extremely disappointing. These were not cheap tickets - I expected more from this company, and I regret purchasing. It was very clear that the performance/set is geared towards adults who don't particularly care about ballet or classical music bringing their kids who won't know the difference. 1. NO LIVE ORCHESTRA?!?! I don't expect an orchestra for a small kids production that costs $20/ticket, but for a professional performance this was a huge shock and disappointment. 2. Level of professionalism and technique of the dancers was uninspiring and lowerthan expected. I was fairly bored most of the time to be honest - only the arabian dancers were impressive to me (that dance is a very small portion of the show...) So combination of choreography and technique issues overall. 3. The set left much to be desired. Very clear that this is a traveling show with little but screens and bright costumes.

3.0 star rating Katia from Los Angeles, California

WAS A DISAPPOINTMENT

Expected something magical, but disappointment started by entering the theater , which has no seats, instead they are folding chairs, considering how much they are charging per ticket, it’s a scam.. Second disappointment, no live orchestra, music is a recording ... and overall there was a lots of noise that didn’t allow audience to concentrate, they should really disallow food, everyone was eating chips,etc... at some point someone’s mic backstage could be heard... Performances were soo shabby, little local children didn’t belong on a big stage, since were absolutely not trained in ballet... Sugar Plum fairy performance, which usually is one of the highlights, was mediocre at the best .. acrobatic Arabian dancers got the most applause... don’t go, waste your time and money, I even doubt the cast is original.

2.0 star rating ALJ from Little Rock, Arkansas

SOME GREAT DANCERS/CANNED MUSIC/LOCAL KIDS

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

BUY LOCAL

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.

2.0 star rating KF from Tucson, Arizona

MOSCOW BALLET'S GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER IN TUCSON

Was disappointed. Costumes were nice and some of the dancers were good but the troupe, in general, was mediocre and unable to be synchronous. Kept wondering if these were the same dancers that were playing in the major cities! Wouldn't fly in Los Angeles, San Francisco or Seattle.

1.0 star rating Disappointed from Detroit, Michigan

DISAPPOINTMENT

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.

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