Kiev Ballet

Kiev Ballet is renowned all over the world for the high quality of performance by the artists. Kiev Ballet is not just an ancient tradition; it is a way of living for many who love art and culture. What was not known to many westerners till Soviet rule is now a known fact after the liberation of Ukraine. Kiev is a ballet capital of the world just like Moscow.

Ballet in the city of Kiev is almost 150 years old. If you are a lover of this dance form, ballet in this capital city of Ukraine will charm your heart. Thousands of people, who are lovers of ballet, fly over to Kiev and book their accommodations much in advance to be able to catch a glimpse of the world renowned ballet. It is known for artistic accomplishment in the form of delicate movements and technical excellence. Ballet dancers from Kiev are considered to be some of the most brilliant dancers in the world.

The home to all the activities surrounding Kiev ballet is the National Opera Theater in Kiev. It was founded in 1867. All the credit for the recognition of ballet in Kiev goes to this national opera theater. One of the highlights in its illustrious career of nearly 200 years was the performance of Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Oprinchnik’, which was performed in the presence of the author himself and he insisted that his creations be performed at Kiev as he was too impressed by the performance of the artist there and rated them at par with the dancers of Moscow. You may be surprised, but there are 24 ballets in the repertory of Kiev ballet, which makes it the largest in the world.

The ballets performed by the dancers in Kiev have always been appreciated by millions around the world, and their artistic excellence has won them recognition from people and critics alike. Many known figures in the world of ballet have performed here in Kiev such as Alia Osipenko, Irene Kolpakova, Vladimir Malahov and bergvadze. All these come from the Kirov ballet school. Those from the Kiev ballet and known all over the world are Serge Lifar, Maya Pisetskaya, Nadeja Pavlova and Marina Tyimofeeva. Inspired from the works of such legends, scores of talented budding ballet dancers keep churning out from the factory of ballet dancers from Kiev. The rich cultural heritage of ballet dancing in Kiev is kept alive by such dancers and an equally enthusiastic audience who flock to see their performances in theaters.

There are performances that take place almost everyday in this grand theater, and as soon as the curtain goes up, the audiences are mesmerized by a magical world created by the brilliance of the ballet dancers of Kiev. The new generation of ballet dancers in Kiev is determined to preserve this rich cultural heritage and the likes of Konstantin Kostyukov, Irina Dvorovenko, Elena Filip’eva Vladislav Kalinin and vadim Solomaha are some of the emerging and talended stars of Kiev ballet are keeping the tradition alive.

The Story of the Nutcracker Ballet

The Nutcracker ballet originated from a fairytale written in 1816 by Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann. Although this story was classified as a fairytale, the original plot was not written for children. Years later, Alexander Dumas rewrote the saga with youngsters in mind. Then, in 1892, Peter Tchaikovsky was asked to compose the music for the story. This was the beginning of the popular ballet that has become synonymous with the Christmas holidays.

Act One

The Nutcracker ballet opens in a quaint German village on Christmas Eve. Townspeople are bustling, getting ready to attend a party at the Stahlbaum home. The members of the Stahlbaum family and their servants are preparing for the holiday celebration. As guests arrive, the children, Clara and Fritz, enjoy mingling with their friends. Soon, Clara’s godfather, Herr Drosselmeier arrives. Drosselmeier is a local toymaker, and he comes bearing gifts. He passes around the China dolls for the girls and brass bugles for the boys. Fritz receives a charming drum, and Clara receives a beautiful nutcracker. Unfortunately, Fritz becomes jealous of his sister’s gift. He seizes it, and promptly breaks it. Drosselmeier saves the day by fixing the broken gift with a wave of his magic handkerchief.

The party breaks up, and Clara fashions a bed for the nutcracker beneath the Christmas tree. After her family goes to bed, the girl sneaks down to check on her new toy one last time. She ends up falling asleep in the parlor with her toy clutched in her arms. At midnight, Clara awakens to startling events. It seems that she has shrunken to the size of her toys. An army of mice led by a menacing Mouse King is threatening the toys. The nutcracker gathers other soldiers and a battle ensues. At one point it seems that the Mouse King will prevail, but then Clara intervenes and throws her slipper at the Mouse King. After receiving a blow to the head, the king succumbs, and his army carries him away. The girl falls asleep once again after the excitement ends.

Act Two

When the youngster awakens the next time, she is in a forest on her way to the Kingdom of Snow. The nutcracker is now a prince, and the two are en route to the Land of Sweets. When they arrive, the Sugar Plum Fairy greets them and asks them to stay for a special festival. Next, the citizens of the Land of Sweets begin performing various dances for them. Different characters take the stage to perform lavishly for their guests. Finally, the Sugar Plum Fairy herself takes the stage with the Cavalier to perform the legendary Pas de Deux. After a grand finale, the two guests are ready to leave.

Clara wakes on Christmas morning with the nutcracker still in her arms. Her dream is a dim memory, but she still has her beloved toy to treasure. Anyone fortunate enough to see the Nutcracker ballet live will come away with visions of sugar plums and fairies in their eyes.