The Donetsk Ballet Returns Again Presenting the Nutcracker in Plymouth Meeting

Peter Tchaikovsky’s famous, fairy-tale ballet, The Nutcracker, is coming to a local venue. The performances, sponsored by the Philadelphia-based International Ballet Exchange (IBE), are scheduled for December  17 and 18, 2016 at Plymouth/Whitemarsh High School, by the much acclaimed dance company, the Donetsk Ballet of Ukraine.  The company is on tour in the USA despite the continuing civil war in their city and country.

Since 1989, the Donetsk Ballet has been touring the world: Italy, Spain, Norway, France, China, Japan, and cities throughout the United States.  In 1991 the company spent nearly one year in Philadelphia while their theater in Donetsk was being renovated.  While here, having established friends and contacts, their country, the Soviet Union, fell apart, leaving them not only without their theater, but without a country. Since that time, the company has reinvented itself,   Their theater has been beautifully renovated. Their Principal dancer, Vadim Pisarev, was promoted to Artistic Director and a ballet school was created in his name.  The friends and contacts they made at that time have remained true,  inviting them to return to this country to bring their exceptional skills to our community.

Internationally renowned principal dancer, Irina Komarenko will be dancing the lead role for the company   She was a finalist in the 1998 USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson and in 2000 she received an award for being the best non-competing partner at Varna’s International Ballet Competition in Bulgaria. Taking the parts as the children in the production are 50 local ballet students, two of whom have won the coveted roles of Clara and Fritz, the children in the story whose lives are touched by a magical nutcracker.

Tchaikovsky’s music, the delightful story, and the talent of the dancers come together for an unforgettable experience for young and old. The two performances, 6:30 pm on Saturday, December 17 and 2 pm on Sunday December 18, will be presented at Plymouth/Whitemarsh High School, located at 201 East Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462.  Ticket prices are $20 for children, students and seniors and $30 for adults. For online ticket sales go to http://ibexchange.ticketleap.com.  Tickets can also be purchased at the door. For information, call 215-849-7950 or 1-800-849-4919. Group rates are available.

The performances are sponsored by the International Ballet Exchange (IBE). IBE is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing high-quality ballet education, performance opportunities, and cross-cultural exposure to young aspiring ballet dancers. IBE will also present The Nutcracker at reduced rates for school children throughout the city at George Washington High School Thursday, December 15, at 10:00 AM.

This project is supported by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency, through its regional arts funding partnership, Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA). State government funding comes through an annual appropriation by Pennsylvania’s General Assembly and from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. PPA is administered locally by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance.