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.


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About the Ballet:

 “Russian Version of the Nutcracker Retains Imperial Beauty”

Share the stage with wonder as stars from Moscow’s treasured Bolshoi Ballet join Toronto International Ballet Theatre in this years unforgettable performance of The Nutcracker at the iconic Sony Centre! Don’t miss true winterland royalty with principal dancers Anastasia Stashkevich and Vyacheslav Lopatin from one of the world’s great powerhouses of classical ballet!

With unique choreography and an innovative vision, TIBT brings out the strengths of the community of dancers and interjects a fresh and fun atmosphere to the traditional tale, providing a unique experience to all who attend.

Along with Tchaikovsky’s cherished score and some of the world’s best dancers, Toronto International Ballet Theatre’s performance preserves the imperial beauty and grandeur of the original Nutcracker, and will transport children and adults alike to a world of magic and wonder!



Sony Centre for the Performing Arts

1 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E 1B2


Saturday December 23, 2017

2:00PM & 7:00PM


Featuring Guest Stars

Anastasia Stashkevich & Vyacheslav Lopatin

Principal Dancers of the Bolshoi Ballet



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Principal Dancer, Bolshoi Ballet

Anastasia Stashkevich is a Russian Principal Dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet. She has been praised as one of the company’s stand out artists. She dazzles audiences with her delicate and radiant style, as she effortlessly glides with the music with perfect execution



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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 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.

What People are Saying

Sheer, exquisite joy and delight, absolutely magnificent performances by the Bolshoi Ballet guest stars, and polished beautiful work by each and every dancer.  As for the costumes….and those mice!!  All totally inspiring!  We walked out of the theatre, with the world feeling like a lighter brighter airier place.  What a way to launch the holiday season!

This show uses a combination of local professional Toronto dancers, young pre-professional ballet studio dancers and guest dancers from some of the worlds best ballet companies. We enjoyed the show so much we are bought tickets for the 2016 show the day they went on sale. Our favorite parts were snow scene, the Arabian pas de Deux was mesmerizing and of course Sugar Plum and the Nutcracker Prince. This year the guest dancers are 2 Principal dancers from Bolshoi Ballet….it does not get any better!

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!

Wonderful performance by all dancers. Loved the Russian soloists. Costumes were spectacular.

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!

Have been wanting to see this for years, not disappointed, will be taking my grand-daughters to see it

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