Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Latest News from Moscow

You may also notice that we've added a new feature to the right, a listing of our ballet school friends. If Valery Lantratov has taught at your school, or will be teaching at your school, and you have a Web page that is not listed here, please let us know.

I spoke briefly to Valery Lantratov by phone in Moscow, and he told me about the Russian National Ballet Foundation's world premiere production of "The Snow Maiden," now in dress rehearsals in Moscow. It is being produced with the Natalya Sats Theater, or as those rather formal Russians like to say it: "Moscow State Academic Children's Music Theater named in honor of N. I. Sats."

Within the next few days I should have pictures, video, sketches and all kinds of information on this exciting new production. I will share the information with you as it comes in. We have just reserved a booth at the Association of Performing Arts Presenters Conference in New York this January. This is where the folks who produce and present performing arts of all kinds gather to show their "products" to prospective buyers.

It is very much like a conference for any other industry, but the products and services are orchestras, modern dance, jugglers, educational shows for kids and Buddhist chants. It's a lively environment and we will be there to present the foundations new Snow Maiden and the ever-popular Nutcracker. Valery Lantratov may be convinced to come out of (semi) retirement to reprise his critically acclaimed role as Drosselmeier for U.S. audiences. Stay tuned. As I write this, Valery is preparing The Nutcracker for another tour of Cyprus in December.

On the homefront, we've gotten into the holiday spirit. We created some holiday greeting cards to send to our friends, and we decided to share them with you. The cards are based on an etherial charcoal rendering of a Russian National Ballet Foundation ballerina in Swan Lake costume, bathed in green and red holiday light. (Shown below) You can buy them as post cards, greeting cards, or note cards. All are blank inside. Available at our on-line store. (Scroll down to the bottom of the page to order)

If you do plan to order copies of A Child's Introduction to Ballet for the kids on your Christmas list, we hope you will consider ordering books directly from us. Our contract on this book does not give us royalties. So if you do plan to buy, please think of us before Amazon. Thanks! (There is a link to the right to order)