Night and Day: Wednesday, December 14, 2005
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Expect lots of graceful and athletic dancing when Metropolitan Classical Ballet delivers its hyper-Russian-tinged version of the Christmas classic.
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’Nother Nutcracker

By Leonard Eureka

Metropolitan Classical Ballet’s four performances of The Nutcracker this season mark a milestone of sorts: Company co-director and alumnus of Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet, Alexander Vetrov will not dance; now in his 40s, he’s apparently content with sitting this one out.

However, his young son Glenn isn’t — he’s dancing as one of the mice. He’ll be joined by co-director Paul Mejia’s kids, Roman and Isabella.

In the serious roles, you’ll see some serious talent. The Sugar Plum Fairy or — as she’s called in this production — the Fairy Doll will be danced by Olga Pavlova on Friday and Saturday evenings. Her prince on both nights will be company regular Andre Prikhodko. For the Saturday matinee, guest Maria Tyukova will step into the lead role, accompanied by Yevgeni Anfinogenov. On Sunday, dance fans will get to see two new faces: guest Alexei Tyukov, a former regular with Ballet International of Indianapolis, a company that was forced to close its doors earlier this month; and newcomer Svetlana Kuzyanina.

The magician Drosselmeyer, danced by Vetrov in previous years, will be performed by another newcomer, Vadim Yarulin. The recently named Metropolitan Classical Ballet Orchestra will accompany the performances under the direction of Ron Spigelman.

Fri-Sun at Texas Hall on the campus of the University of Texas-Arlington. $10-20. 817-275-0598.


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