I Agree from New York, New York
I agree with most of the comments that the music wasn't the best but keep in mind that the Moscow Ballet constantly travels and they have to make their show mobile.
A fan from Albany , NY
this version is pretty athletic. other reviewa noted prerecorded muic. true an orchastra would add something more special. but in order to support live music you have to double the price ti pay all the musicians. keep in mind they are moving and perforiming every night. with that in mind i. think that they did a very nice job. they add humor and the dancing is a cross between ballet and acrobatics. if you are expecting new york city ballet or bolshi or royal ballet you will be disappointed. if you are open to various stylistic ballets than you will enjoy this show immensly. my favorite parts were the arabian, russian and dive of peace. i enjoyed the show very much. kids would enjoy watching the future professional dancers who are in probaby thieir first roll in a major ballet company and the dncing puppets. something for everyone.. and really this is a different version of nutcracker wih the message of peace . so it is all good .
Patrick from St. Paul, Minnesota
LIVE ORCHESTRA - NO!
To "Wondering": That is correct. My wife and I went last year, and we were disappointed to find that, though the dancing was captivating, the music was canned. To our tastes, it diminished the experience significantly.
Wondering from Minneapolis, Minnesota
I have read elsewhere that they do NOT perform with a live orchestra. Please let me know if that is correct. For the money, I'd rather see a live orchestra.
Levi from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Low points: the music was recorded and the sound system wasn't great (sounded like it was all coming from one speaker); the sets were very poor—all badly painted with no dimensionality; the dancing was very rarely synchronized and many of the dancers clearly struggled with the challenging aspects of their routines. High points: the kids were adorable, and in many places had their timing better than the professionals.
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