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Holiday classic dances, sparkles
Russian troupe performs iconic ballet The Nutcracker in Athens
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The State Ballet Theatre of Russia will perform “The Nutcracker” at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20 and 3 p.m. Dec. 21 in the Classic Center Theatre in Athens.

More than 122 years ago, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was commissioned by the director of Russia’s Imperial Theatre to compose the score for “The Nutcracker,” using a libretto adapted from E. T. A. Hoffman’s The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.

Now, the ballet with the pieces “Waltz of the Flowers,” “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” and “Waltz of the Snowflakes” has now become one of the most widely performed ballets throughout the world. The University of Georgia Performing Arts Center will present the State Ballet Theatre of Russia in “The Nutcracker” at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20 and 3 p.m. Dec. 21 in the Classic Center Theatre at 300 N. Thomas St. in Athens.

With a company of 50 dancers, the State Ballet Theatre’s production of The Nutcracker features elaborate sets and costumes, along with the same authentic Russian choreography performed by Moscow’s famed Bolshoi Ballet.

Tickets are $25 to $35 for adults and $15 for children 12 and younger. Tickets may be purchased at the UGA Performing Arts Center box office, online at pac.uga.edu or by calling 706-542-4400. Tickets can also be purchased at the Classic Center box office, online at www.ClassicCenter.com or by calling 706-357-4444.

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