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The Moscow Ballet is bringing “The Great Russian Nutcracker” to Albuquerque today.

Moscow Ballet brings ‘The Great Russian Nutcracker’ to ABQ

A Christmas tree that grows to five stories, falling snowflakes and 10 human-sized Russian-style puppets and dolls are featured in the Moscow Ballet’s production of “The Great Russian Nutcracker.”

From left, Kestrel Kiegel is Flower Girl Doll, Hannah Grieg is Lollipop Doll and Catalina Sapien is Clara in Ballet Repertory Theatre’s “The Nutcracker.” (Courtesy of Katherine Giese)

New dances, characters in ‘Nutcracker’

With numerous “Nutcrackers” in production around Albuquerque, choreographing something fresh from such dusty toe shoes can be tricky.