Prepping for ‘Great Russian Nutcracker’: Local dancers will perform with Moscow Ballet on Dec. 13

Move understudies from around the area will try out today for parts in The Moscow Ballet’s “Incredible Russian Nutcracker,” which is set for the Paramount Arts Center on Friday, Dec. 13.

As indicated by Maria Whaley, executive of Ashland Regional Dance Theater, in excess of 70 nearby artists will join the organization’s honor winning artists when they carry the show to the Tri-State.

“This is our eighth time doing it,” Whaley said. “We began with the Moscow Ballet in 2001 when the Paramount was remodeled and it was our opening show.”

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

Arrangements for the show started for this present week, when Alisa Bolanitkova, tryout visit executive for the Moscow Ballet, landed in Ashland on Wednesday.

She will try out and practicing artists of any age for parts in the creation. On Thursday and Friday, she encouraged an ace class for senior and junior level artists at the Ashland Regional Dance Theater.

“We are carrying the Great Russian Nutcracker to in excess of 140 urban communities in the USA and Canada,” Bolanitkova said. “What’s more, we are searching for nearby children to hit the dance floor with us.”

Bolanitkova, who moved on from Kharkov University in expressive dance additionally has an instructor of movement degree from Kherson National University and experts of movement from Kharkov State Academy of Culture. She is working with 22 of the generation’s urban communities.

She said she initially moved in “The Nutcracker” in her school’s creation when she was five years of age.

“So it’s constantly been a piece of my life,” she said.

In view of the story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King,” by E. T. A. Hoffmann, the artful dance was arranged by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov and included an exemplary score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. It was first performed in 1892 and, during the 1960s, saw its ubiquity flood in the United States.

Bolanitkova said there are a few minor departure from the artful dance, for example, the Spanish adjustment, yet the general story, Christmas subject and music by Tchaikovsky continues as before.

The Moscow Ballet’s form carries the nation’s theater conventions to crowds, including 10-foot tall energetic manikins; bright, handpainted sceneries and expound ensembles.

In 2012, the organization had one especially well known kid go along with them in front of an audience for the “Hit the dance floor with Us” program, when President Barack Obama’s little girl, Sasha, took the piece of a mouse in the creation.

Bolanitkova said a portion of the jobs that go to nearby youngsters and teenagers incorporate gathering kids, mice, snowmaidens and snowflakes.

She stated, as the tryouts happen, she searches for various blends from the artists’ exhibitions.

It’s about energy,” she said. “Everybody is unique and we see what is best for them.”

She brings up the various styles of move included.

Russian is open, Arabian is moderate and Chinese has numerous small steps,” she said.

Whaley said the visit executives from the Moscow Ballet, who visit each opportunity the show comes, additionally recognize what the organization has regarding ensembles.

“They realize what children will look great in a section,” she said. “They have an exceptionally prepared eye.”

She said the organization “jam and displays the endowment of expressive dance to the world.”

“They give a Russian flavor to everything, the view and the outfits,” Whaley said.

Whaley said the tryouts are available to artists past Ashland Regional Dance Theater, and she has gotten enthusiasm from those as far away as Lexington, Kentucky.

Following tryouts, the neighborhood artists will practice again with Bolanitkova on Sunday, Whaley said. At that point they will have 10-12 practices more than two months. Upon the arrival of the show, they will meet the meeting organization just because.

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Tickets for ‘Hamilton’ at Chrysler Hall go on sale to public next week

Hoping to secure an uncommon early present for the Christmas season?


Single tickets for the national voyage through “Hamilton” go on special next Friday, Sept. 27 for the Norfolk prevent at Chrysler Hall from December 10-29.

Prompt risers who drop by Chrysler Hall at 8 a.m. that Friday will have first access to Cheap Hamilton Tickets, trailed by online deals beginning at 10 a.m. at

There will be an eight ticket limit for every family unit, per appear. Costs will run from $75 to $149, with some $249 premium seats accessible.

On the off chance that that appears to be distant, there’s still want to get the show. 40 tickets at just $10 each will be discharged in a lottery. SevenVenues says more data on the lottery will be discharged coming up.

The imaginative hip-jump melodic made by Lin-Manuel Miranda won 11 Tony grants when it was presented in 2015, including Best Musical, and its U.S. visit is one of six current preparations. Different organizations are situated in New York, London, San Francisco, Chicago and Australia.

Twin Cities Black Film Festival offers romance, suspense and reality (Star Tibune)

Twin Cities Black Film Festival offers romance, suspense and reality
Kristin Tillotson, Star Tribune

The film “In Search of the Black Knight” is a lighthearted look at a red-hot topic among black professional women — a perceived shortage of suitable black men. The documentary sets the tone Thursday for the Twin Cities Black Film Festival.

While this year’s fest runs the gamut from a Civil War-era drama to present-day violence in Chicago, a strong focus on relationships runs throughout, said organizer Natalie Morrow.

“Love, romance, infidelity, we’ve got it all,” said Morrow, a Minneapolis event planner who started the festival 11 years ago because “I wanted a real showcase for African-Americans in film.”

The 28 films, a mix of shorts and feature-length dramas and documentaries, are being screened at Showplace Icon Theatre at St. Louis Park’s West End complex through Sunday.

The lineup includes five films shown at the Sundance Film Festival. “The Retrieval” (3:35 p.m. Sunday), about a Southern teenage boy who falls in with bounty hunters tracking runaway slaves during the Civil War, has won several awards on the fest circuit. “Middle of Nowhere” (9:45 p.m. Sunday), about a woman who gives up med school after her husband goes to prison, features up-and-coming Hollywood actor David Oyewolo and won a directing award at Sundance in 2012.

“The Suspect,” one of the newest dramas to be shown, stars Sterling K. Brown (“Army Wives,” “Person of Interest”) and prime-time TV veteran Mekhi Phifer (“ER,” “White Collar”) as social scientists who conduct a racial-dynamics experiment in a small town by posing as bank robbers. Brown will be at the screening (7:30 p.m. Saturday).

The fest gets some local flavor from a short doc called “Firsts: Minnesota’s African-American Groundbreakers” (11:30 a.m. Saturday), which precedes a program of shorts made by Minnesota directors, most of whom will attend.

Not all of the filmmakers in the lineup are black.
“This is a multicultural festival,” Morrow said. “We have a diverse group of filmmakers, but the films are about the African-American and African experiences.”

Two moving selections shot in Africa are the half-hour doc “Small, Small Thing” (2:05 p.m. Saturday), the powerful story of a Liberian girl who was raped at age 5 and died from her injuries several years later, and “30%” (4 p.m. Saturday), a look at women’s efforts to influence politics in Sierra Leone.
The festival has a strong social element as well, with parties Thursday, Friday and Sunday at the theater’s lounge and a Saturday-night fashion show to be held at Faces Mears Park in St. Paul themed around Kerry Washington’s hit TV show “Scandal.”

SAVE THE DATE: The 2013 Twin Cities Black Film Festival

Join us for the 11th Annual Twin Cities Black Film Festival

The Twin Cities Black Film Festival is in its 11th year and still going strong. This year’s festival is scheduled from Thursday, September 26th through Sunday, Septmeber 29th. During these 4 days, participants will enjoy over 45 films including fantastic Opening and Closing Night films, shorts, feature length and Documentaries. There will be a $3000 Award each for Best Feature, Best Short and Best Documentary.

This years activities also include industry experts, a Silent Auction, 4 Festival Receptions, a Health and Wellness Seminar and a Hollywood Fashion Show.

Among this year’s sponsors are : HBO, Sony, Showplace Icon theatre, The Microsoft Store, K&G Fashion Superstore, Delta Airlines, Black Enterprise & Radisson Blu Hotels,

Founder of the Twin Cities Black Film Festival, Honored by Minnesota Timberwolves

On February 26, Natalie Morrow, Founder of the Twin Cities Black Film Festival, was honored by the Minnesota Timberwolves. At every home game during Black History Month, the Minnesota Timberwolves have honored community leaders who share the Timberwolves’ pride and in turn, enrich their community.

“I am so very honored. This was a great, prestigious honor for Black History Month,” Morrow said. Morrow, who was honored at Target Center’s center court and given an autographed basketball, has led the Film Festival since its inception some ten years ago.
Since its inception, the Twin Cities Black Film Festival has showcased over 300 filmmakers as well as 450 films, shorts and documentaries, offering emerging filmmakers and opportunity to showcase their work, and for industry professionals to discover emerging talent.

2014 TCBFF Begins Oct. 9 at Radisson Blu MOA

Radisson Blu MOA
The Nokomis Room
2100 Kilibrew Drive
Bloomington Mn 55425

Enjoy Vendors a Photo Booth, Registration Bags, Great Films, Meet and Greets, Great Networking and Much More! Make sure you follow us on Social Media!

Join Us! 2014 TCBFF Schedule

Friday, October 10

7:00pm BET Presents Twin Cities Black Film Festival Hollywood Fashion Show. Fashion by Moods of Norway at Mall of America, Minnesota’s Own & Dahil Republic of Couture.

Suggested Donation: $15

VIP: $30 Includes preferred seating and a Glam Bag. Grey Goose drink specials! Glam Bags sponsored by Aveda, Steve Madden, Grey Goose, Hempz, Cole Haan, Warner Bros and many more!

Seven Sushi Ultra Bar & SkyBar
700 Hennepin Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Saturday, October 11

11:30am Mamas Own

12:00pm Planned Parenthood A Vital Service (Sponsored by Planned Parenthood)

12:30pm Transcending Surgeon (Sponsored by Black Association of Doctors)

1:30pm Why Do You Have Black Dolls?

2:00pm Breakfast (Director Present)

2:25pm I am From (Director Present)

3:00pm Muted

3:30pm Little White Lie Director present via Skype

4:50pm CRU (Actor Keith Robinson and Director present)

8:00pm TCBFF Soirée and Listening Party/ Sensational Saturdays
Brought to you by BET & Patron
Faces Mears Park – 373 N. Sibley, St. Paul, MN
Meet recording artist Keith Robinson and Listen to the
smooth sounds of his CD “Famous”

Sunday October 12 Schedule: Radisson Blu MOA

11:55am Welcome Remarks

12:00pm The Heartbroken Rainbow

12:45pm The Bravest The Boldest

1:10pm Made in America

2:50pm Intellectual Intersection

3:30pm Lupita Nyongo’s In Her Genes

3:45pm Everyday Black Man

5:00pm Myra’s Angel

6:00pm Closing Night Event presented by Lexus
Closing Night Event:
Lexus Presents: Twin Cities Verses and Flow Party
Wind down with poetry and music
Special Guest Pavielle French and Chirch Crooner

Winners of the Best Short, Best Feature and Best Documentary will be announced at our Closing Night Event. Sponsored By: HBO and SONY

INTERVIEW: Twin Cities Black Film Festival KSTP Chanel 5

The Twin Cities is a major hub for the arts in the Midwest and Thursday starts a three-day run for a festival that celebrates the cultural perspective of African American filmmakers.

Natalie Morrow, founder of the Twin Cities Black Film Festival talked with Rusty Gatenby about some of the film festival’s attractions.

The documentary “In Search of the Black Knight” by Tamara Makonnen will open the festival.

Over the last decade, the festival has showcased more than 300 film makers as well as 450 films, shorts and documentaries.

Momma’s Own

Momma’s Own 2103

Director: Harrell D. Williams Sr.

Film length:24 minutes

Screening: Saturday, October 11th, 11:30

A mother risks all to save her daughter from a bad situation.