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A Marat Daukayev Ballet Theatre presentation of The Nutcracker
The Luckman Theater, Cal State LA
Los Angeles, CA
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A Marat Daukayev Ballet Theatre presentation of The Nutcracker
The Nutcracker Ballet

Marching toy soldiers, waltzing snowflakes, mischievous mice, and Tchaikovsky's unforgettable score are quintessential hallmarks of the holidays. Celebrate the season with Marat Daukayev Ballet Theatre's presentation of The Nutcracker, a holiday ballet for the whole family. Featuring dancers of all ages, The Nutcracker tells the story of young Masha, who receives a gift of a wooden nutcracker doll at her parents' Christmas party. That night, she dreams her Nutcracker comes to life and together they battle the wicked Mouse King and journey through an enchanted forest of snow to reach the Kingdom of Sweets, where the Sugar Plum Fairy and all her sweet subjects await them.

Special Guest Star Gala Performance

On Sunday evening, December 11th, the role of Sugar Plum will be performed by Maria Kochetkova, Principal with San Francisco Ballet, and Prince will be performed by Vitor Luiz, Principal with San Francisco Ballet.

Born in Moscow, Russia, Maria Kochetkova trained at the Bolshoi School in Moscow and danced with The Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, and as a guest artist with Tokyo Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, and Mikhailovsky Theater in St. Petersburg before joining San Francisco Ballet as a principal dancer in 2007.  Kochetkova's honors include gold medals at the International Ballet Competitions in Korea and Italy in 2005; a gold medal at the International Ballet Competition of Luxembourg in 2003; a silver medal and the jury prize at the Varna International Ballet Competition in 2002; a silver medal at the Prix de Lausanne that same year; and a bronze medal at Moscow International Competition in 2001. In 2013, Kochetkova was appointed Herbert Family Principal Dancer.

Maria danced Juliet in the 2015 film of Tomassons Romeo & Juliet and Grand Pas de Deux Ballerina in Tomassons Nutcracker on PBS Great Performances.

Born in Juiz de Fora, Brazil, Vitor Luiz trained at The Royal Ballet School.  Vitor danced Swan Lake, CoppĂ©lia, and Nutcracker with English National Ballet and performed at galas in the U.S. and Dominican Republic. He joined San Francisco Ballet as a principal dancer in 2009.  Vitor was nominated for an Isadora Duncan Dance Award for Best Ensemble Performance in Possokhovs Classical Symphony during the 2010 Repertory Season.

Getting to The Nutcracker to air on PBS and in theaters

The one hour version of the award-winning documentary feature Getting to The Nutcracker is airing nationally on most PBS stations this holiday season. Check back for times and dates.


The Luckman Theater, Cal State LA (View)
5151 State University Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90032
United States


Arts > Dance
Arts > Performance
Other > Family-Friendly
Other > Holiday

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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