Company’s European men discuss ‘Nutcracker’

While boys the United States may recognize music from The Nutcracker as it blares in the background of truck commercials and perhaps sit a little taller when the mice and soldiers begin to battle, the Nutcracker experience for boys on the other side of the pond is quite different.

Ballet Nebraska’s three European dancers  – all of whom happen to be men, coincidentally – explain how the significance of The Nutcracker became clear only after they began dancing in the U.S.

ABOVE: The tale of 'The Nutcracker' is not the same holiday tradition where Alberto, Denis and Sasha grew up.

 

Alberto Liberatoscioli  Italy: When I danced my first Nutcracker, I was about 20 years old and danced the Russian variation. In Europe The Nutcracker is just another ballet among many others, even though it has always been a favorite of mine for the colorful, passionate music and the simple, classic storyline. The Nutcracker does not have the fame in Europe as it does in the United States.

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Denis Vezetiu  Moldova: This ballet is not done as often in Europe, so the first time I performed in The Nutcracker was only after I graduated from the ballet academy where I received my training in Moldova. I danced as Soldier in the battle scene and in the Russian and Chinese variations.

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Sasha York Russia: As a child, I never got a chance to perform in The Nutcracker. In fact, I don’t even think I saw a production of The Nutcracker until I was about 15 or 16 years old.

 

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Having such athletic and artistic male leads adds a richness to Ballet Nebraska’s The Nutcracker. Luckily for us, these three incredible talents — along with Ballet Nebraska’s own ballet master, Matthew Carter — skillfully dance the many male roles in The Nutcracker, including Cavalier,  Nutcracker, Snow King and Drosselmeyer .