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Moscow Ballet to present 'Nutcracker' on Sunday at the Fritz

The Moscow Ballet's signature "Dove of Peace" performance will come to the Chester Fritz Auditorium on Sunday. (Submitted photo)1 / 2
The Moscow Ballet's Masha in high arabesque and over-sized nesting doll (Submitted photo)2 / 2

The Moscow Ballet will present the "Great Russian Nutcracker" at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Chester Fritz Auditorium in Grand Forks.

A youth cast of 37 area children will perform alongside the professionals in the show, which is part of the ballet company's 2018 Dove of Peace Tour.

The performance centers on the exclusive "Dove of Peace" role, in which two dancers in unison form a dove with a 20-foot wingspan in the "Land of Peace and Harmony" segment, according to a news release from the company.

The role reflects the Moscow Ballet's devotion to embracing cultures and creating an environment where world peace can flourish, the company said.

The children who will perform in Sunday's show are students of the North Dakota Academy of Dance. They will fill the roles of snowflakes, mice, snow maidens and party children.

The young dancers are among thousands selected by the ballet company through its "Dance with Us" program to bridge society's cultural divides by rehearsing and performing with the professional Russian ballerinas and danseurs in the 130 cities on the tour through the U.S. and Canada.

The performance includes 12-foot-tall puppets as nutcrackers, which convey the classical Russian culture and myth while incorporating the heritage of other cultures, such as Spanish, Arabian and French.

Tickets cost $28 to $68 and can be found at www.nutcracker.com.

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