Featuring Stars of the Bolshoi Ballet

Saturday, December 23, 2017


The classic charm and pageantry of The Nutcracker hits the stage in Toronto for its 10th annual performance. This year will be featuring guest artists from the world-renowned Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet, principal dancers Vyacheslav Lopatin and Anastasia Stashkevich.


Get Tickets

Sony Centre for the Performing Arts

1 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E 1B2

Saturday December 23, 2017 @ 2:00pm & 7:00pm

Based on the classical version of the Nutcracker, which is performed by the world’s top ballet companies. Artistic Director Tatiana Stepanova has retained the ballet’s traditional beauty, enhancing it with her innovative vision and unique choreography. TIBT’s version of the holiday classic brings out the strengths of the community of dancers and interjects a fresh and fun atmosphere to the traditional tale of a Christmas dream; providing a unique experience to all who attend.


This captivating and enchanting performance is not to be missed 

What is the Bolshoi Ballet?

The Bolshoi Ballet (Russian for “big”) was formed in 1776, in Moscow, Russia. The Bolshoi is arguably the most famous ballet company in the world; it has long been associated with a flashier style that melds drama with spectacle.  Bolshoi Ballet is typically identified as being colourful and bold, combining technique and athleticism with expressiveness and dramatic intensity.

Featuring Guest Stars

Anastasia Stashkevich & Vyacheslav Lopatin

Principal Dancers of the Bolshoi Ballet


Anastasia Stashkevichc551e81ad2fb03682474b34558b9bca9

Principal Dancer, Bolshoi Ballet

Anastasia Stashkevich (rus Анастасия Сташкевич) graduated in 2003 from the Moscow State Choreographic Academy (class of Tatyana Galtseva) and joined the Ballet Company of the Bolshoi Theater.


d_d_dancer_13_1Vyacheslav Lopatin

Principal Dancer, Bolshoi Ballet

Vyacheslav Lopatin (rus Вячеслав Лопатин) was born in Voronezh. He graduated from the Voronezh state college of choreography. After graduation he took a study course at the Moscow state Academy of choreography. Having finished the course he joined the Bolshoi Ballet in 2003. At the present time his master-repetiteur is Boris Akimov.

What People are Saying

What a pleasure it was to finally enjoy the highest quality of ballet dancing executed by the local company other than NBC. The group and the solos were danced in sync and with high precision, the decor and the costumes were just stunning. Amazingly, the cast was not overly big and many dancers were engaged into a few scenes, which shows you how high their quality is and how smart the show is planned out. The choreography was very creative and interesting to watch. Personally, I am glad to discover a local company that treasures the classical ballet in it’s pure form at a such a high quality and I wish there was more than just the Nutcracker presented by this company, as I believe TIBT could be an alternative to the NBC’s contemporary stream.

Favorite moment: snowflakes, waltz of the flowers, solos

The performance of the Toronto International Ballet Theatre of the Nutcracker was just amazing. Everything was done to perfection; the dancing, the music and the decoration. We went as a family with my wife and 3 teenager kids and enjoyed every moment. It was a night to remember. Well done!

The Nutcracker, as choreographed and performed by TIBT as always was magical, and beautiful. The sets, costumes, and music were all fabulous! Looking forward to it again next year!

Favourite moment: The baby Mice in the battle scene were adorable, the way they were scurrying back and forth!

Great choreography and excellent execution! All performers made this production heartwarming and fun experience!

I have seen many ballets and many different productions of the Nutcracker, this was by far the BEST!!! The version that was done was absolutely beautiful!! I was in awe, I would definitely see it again!

Nutcracker was fabulous!!! A must-see with friends & family

Past Highlights from The Show